Decrease definition

dĭ-krēs
The amount by which something decreases.
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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.

verb
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The act or process of decreasing.
noun
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Amount of decreasing.
noun
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A decreasing; lessening; diminution.
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(intransitive) Of a quantity, to become smaller.
verb
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To make (a quantity) smaller.
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An amount by which a quantity is decreased.
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(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).
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To become or cause to become less or smaller, as in number, amount, or intensity.
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To become or cause to become less, smaller, etc.; diminish.
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on the decrease
  • decreasing
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
decrease
Plural:
decreases

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

on the decrease

Origin of decrease

  • Middle English decresen from Old French decreistre decreiss- from Latin dēcrēscere dē- de- crēscere to grow ker-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French descreistre (French: décroître), from Latin decrescere.

    From Wiktionary