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Meaning of DECREASE

Pronunciation:  [n]'deekrees, [v]di'krees, di'krees

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of decreasing or reducing something
  2. [n]  the amount by which something decreases
  3. [n]  a change downward; "there was a sharp drop-off in sales"
  4. [n]  a process of becoming smaller or shorter
  5. [v]  decrease in size, extent, or range; "The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester"; "The cabin pressure fell dramatically"; "her weight fall to under a hundred pounds"; "his voice fell to a whisper"
  6. [v]  make smaller; "He decreased his staff"

DECREASE is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: decrement, decrement, diminish, diminution, drop-off, fall, lessen, lessening, minify, reduction, step-down
 Antonyms: growth, increase, increase, increase, increase, increase, increment, increment, step-up
 See Also: abate, abbreviate, abridge, alleviation, alter, alteration, amortisation, amortization, amount, attrition, belittle, boil down, break, bring down, casualty, change, change, change magnitude, change of magnitude, circumscribe, concentrate, confine, contract, cut, cut, cut back, cut down, cutback, decay, declassification, decline, decline, decoct, decrescendo, deduction, de-escalate, de-escalation, deflate, deflation, depletion, depreciate, depreciation, desensitisation, desensitization, devaluate, devaluation, devalue, devitalisation, devitalization, die away, diminution, discount, drop, drop off, dwindle, dwindle away, dwindle down, dwindling, dwindling away, ease off, ease up, easement, easing, extenuation, fall, flag, fly, foreshorten, free fall, go down, let up, limit, lour, lower, lowering, minimisation, minimise, minimization, minimize, mitigate, mitigation, moderation, modification, narrowing, palliation, pare, pare down, price reduction, process, reduce, relax, relief, reverse split, reverse stock split, rollback, shelter, shorten, shortening, shrink, shrinkage, shrinkage, shrinking, shrinking, shrivel, shrivel up, sinking, slack, slack off, slack up, slacken, slacken off, slake, slippage, split down, step down, subtraction, taper, tax credit, tax deduction, tax shelter, thin out, trim, trim back, trim down, turn down, undervalue, vanish, wane, waning, wastage, weaken, weakening, wither



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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}, and cf. {Increase}.]
    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.
          He must increase, but I must decrease.   --John iii.
    Syn: To {Decrease}, {Diminish}.
    Usage: Things usually decrease or fall off by degrees, and
           from within, or through some cause which is
           imperceptible; as, the flood decreases; the cold
           decreases; their affection has decreased. Things
           commonly diminish by an influence from without, or one
           which is apparent; as, the army was diminished by
           disease; his property is diminishing through
           extravagance; their affection has diminished since
           their separation their separation. The turn of
           thought, however, is often such that these words may
           be interchanged.
                 The olive leaf, which certainly them told The
                 flood decreased.                  --Drayton.
                 Crete's ample fields diminish to our eye; Before
                 the Boreal blasts the vessels fly. --Pope.
  2. \De*crease"\, v. t.
    To cause to grow less; to diminish gradually; as,
    extravagance decreases one's means.
          That might decrease their present store. --Prior.
  3. \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.
    2. The wane of the moon. --Bacon.
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