Decrease

  • 1 decrease — I noun abatement, abbreviation, abridgment, alleviation, attenuation, constriction, contraction, curtailment, cut, cutback, deceleration, declension, declination, decline, decline and fall, decrement, decrescence, deduction, deflation, deminutio …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 decrease — vb Decrease, lessen, diminish, reduce, abate, dwindle denote to make or grow less, but they are not freely interchangeable. Decrease and lessen are often employed in place of any of the others. Decrease normally retains, even in the transitive,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 Decrease — De*crease , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Decreased}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Decreasing}.] [OE. decrecen, fr. OF. decreistre, F. d[ e]cro[^i]tre, or from the OF. noun (see {Decrease}, n.), fr. L. decrescere to grow less; de + crescere to grow. See {Crescent},… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 decrease — [dē krēs′, dikrēs′; ] also, & for n. usually [, dē′krēs΄] vi., vt. decreased, decreasing [ME decresen < OFr decreistre < L decrescere < de , from, away + crescere, grow: see CRESCENT] to become or cause to become less, smaller, etc.;… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Decrease — De*crease , n. [OE. decrees, OF. decreis, fr. decreistre. See {Decrease}, v.] 1. A becoming less; gradual diminution; decay; as, a decrease of revenue or of strength. [1913 Webster] 2. The wane of the moon. Bacon. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 Decrease — De*crease , v. t. To cause to grow less; to diminish gradually; as, extravagance decreases one s means. [1913 Webster] That might decrease their present store. Prior. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 decrease — [n] diminishing, lessening abatement, compression, condensation, constriction, contraction, cutback, decline, declining, decrescence, depression, diminution, discount, downturn, dwindling, ebb, falling off, loss, reduction, shrinkage, striction,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 decrease — is pronounced with stress on the first syllable as a noun and on the second syllable as a verb …

    Modern English usage

  • 9 decrease — ► VERB ▪ make or become smaller or fewer in size, amount, intensity, or degree. ► NOUN 1) an instance of decreasing. 2) the process of decreasing. ORIGIN Latin decrescere, from crescere grow …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 decrease — I UK [diːˈkriːs] / US [dɪˈkrɪs] verb Word forms decrease : present tense I/you/we/they decrease he/she/it decreases present participle decreasing past tense decreased past participle decreased ** Other ways of saying decrease: be/go/come down to… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 decrease — ▪ I. decrease de‧crease 2 [ˈdiːkriːs] noun [countable, uncountable] the process of reducing something, or the amount by which it reduces: decrease in • The government announced a 25% decrease in the price of fuel. decrease of • Industrial… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 12 decrease — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ dramatic, drastic, great, large, marked, sharp, significant, substantial ▪ There has been a sharp decrease in pollution sinc …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 decrease — de|crease1 [dıˈkri:s] v [I and T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Anglo French; Origin: decreistre, from Latin decrescere, from crescere to grow ] to become less or go down to a lower level, or to make something do this →↑reduce ≠ ↑increase ▪ Average house… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 decrease — n. 1) a gradual; sharp; steady decrease 2) a decrease in 3) on the decrease (crime is on the decrease) * * * [v diːkr iːs] sharp steady decrease a gradual a decrease in on the decrease (crime is on the decrease) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 15 decrease — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Diminution Nouns 1. (decrease in amount) decrease, diminution; lessening, subtraction (see deduction); reduction, abatement; shrinking, contraction, extenuation; cut back, discount. See shortness. 2.… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 decrease — v. /di krees /; n. /dee krees, di krees /, v., decreased, decreasing, n. v.i. 1. to diminish or lessen in extent, quantity, strength, power, etc.: During the ten day march across the desert their supply of water decreased rapidly. v.t. 2. to make …

    Universalium

  • 17 decrease — de|crease1 [ dı kris ] verb ** intransitive to become less: The number of people visiting the park has decreased significantly. Prices are expected to decrease by less than 1 percent this year. a. transitive to reduce something: The new system… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 decrease — [diːˈkriːs] verb I 1) [I] to become less Ant: increase The number of visitors has decreased significantly.[/ex] 2) [T] to reduce something • Other ways of saying decrease ■ be/go/come down to become less in number, value, or price ■ drop/fall to… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 19 decrease — 01. Enrollment in the English Language Program usually [decreases] in the spring session because the students have to return to their countries to start school. 02. We have seen a big [decrease] in our costs since implementing the computer… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 20 decrease — decreases, decreasing, decreased (The verb is pronounced [[t]dɪkri͟ːs[/t]]. The noun is pronounced [[t]di͟ːkriːs[/t]].) 1) V ERG When something decreases or when you decrease it, it becomes less in quantity, size, or intensity. [V by amount]… …

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