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Verb: decrease  'dee,krees
  1. Become smaller or less in size, extent, or range
    "The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester";
    - diminish, lessen, fall
     
  2. Make smaller
    "He decreased his staff";
    - lessen, minify
Noun: decrease  'dee,krees
  1. A change downward
    "there was a decrease in his temperature as the fever subsided";
    - lessening, drop-off
     
  2. A process of becoming smaller or shorter
    - decrement
     
  3. The amount by which something decreases
    - decrement
     
  4. The act of decreasing or reducing something
    - diminution, reduction, step-down

Derived forms: decreases, decreased, decreasing

Type of: alter, alteration, amount, change, change magnitude, change of magnitude, modification, modify, physical process, process

Antonym: increase

Encyclopedia: Decrease