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decrease

noun (n)

  • a change downward (noun.event)
    Synonym: drop-off, lessening
    Antonym: increase
    Example:
    There was a decrease in his temperature as the fever subsided.
    source: wordnet30
  • a process of becoming smaller or shorter (noun.process)
    Synonym: decrement
    Antonym: growth, increase, increment
    source: wordnet30
  • the amount by which something decreases (noun.attribute)
    Antonym: increase, increment
    source: wordnet30
  • the act of decreasing or reducing something (noun.act)
    source: wordnet30
  • A becoming less; gradual diminution; decay; as, a decrease of revenue or of strength. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • decrease in size, extent, or range (verb.change)
    Synonym: diminish, fall, lessen
    Example:
    The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester.
    source: wordnet30
  • make smaller (verb.change)
    Example:
    He decreased his staff.
    source: wordnet30
  • To grow less, -- opposed to increase; to be diminished gradually, in size, degree, number, duration, etc., or in strength, quality, or excellence; as, they days decrease in length from June to December. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To cause to grow less; to diminish gradually; as, extravagance decreases one's means. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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