decrease[dē krēs′, di-; also, & for n. usually, dē′krēs′]
- To decrease is defined as to make something smaller or fewer or to become smaller or fewer.
- 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.
Warm weather has caused a decrease in this snowmans size.
transitive verbdecreased, decreasing
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.
- An amount by which a quantity is decreased.
- (knitting) A reduction in the number of stitches, usually accomplished by suspending the stitch to be decreased from another existing stitch or by knitting it together with another stitch. See Decrease (knitting).