Warm weather has caused a decrease in this snowmans size.
- When you lower the amount you give to charity, this is an example of a situation where you decrease your contribution.
- When the snow begins to melt and these is less of it on the road, this is an example of a situation where the snow decreases.
transitive verb-·creased′, -·creas′ing
Origin of decreaseMiddle English decresen from Old French decreistre from Classical Latin decrescere from de-, from, away + crescere, grow: see crescent
- a decreasing; lessening; diminution
- amount of decreasing
Origin of decreaseME decres
on the decrease
intr. & tr.v.de·creased, de·creas·ing, de·creas·es
- The act or process of decreasing.
- The amount by which something decreases.
Origin of decreaseMiddle English decresen from Old French decreistre decreiss- from Latin dēcrēscere dē- de- crēscere to grow ; see ker-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present decreases, present participle decreasing, simple past and past participle decreased)
- (intransitive) Of a quantity, to become smaller.
- To make (a quantity) smaller.
From Old French descreistre (French: décroître), from Latin decrescere.