Definitions for decreasedɪˈkris; ˈdi kris, dɪˈkris

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•crease*dɪˈkris; ˈdi kris, dɪˈkris(v.; n.; adv.)-creased, -creas•ing

  1. (v.i.)to lessen, esp. by degrees, as in extent, quantity, strength, or power; diminish.

  2. (v.t.)to make less; cause to diminish.

  3. (n.)the act or process of decreasing; gradual reduction.

  4. the amount by which a thing is lessened.

* Syn: decrease , diminish , dwindle , shrink imply becoming smaller or less in amount. decrease commonly implies a sustained reduction in stages, esp. of bulk, size, volume, or quantity, often from some imperceptible cause or inherent process: The swelling decreased daily.diminish usu. implies the action of some external cause that keeps taking away: Disease caused the number of troops to diminish steadily.dwindle implies an undesirable reduction by degrees, resulting in attenuation: His followers dwindled to a mere handful.shrink esp. implies contraction through an inherent property under specific conditions: Many fabrics shrink in hot water.

Origin of decrease:

1350–1400; ME < OF decreiss-, long s. of decreistre < L dēcrēscere (dē-de - +crēscere to grow); see crescent


Princeton's WordNet

  1. decrease, lessening, drop-off(noun)

    a change downward

    "there was a decrease in his temperature as the fever subsided"; "there was a sharp drop-off in sales"

  2. decrease, decrement(noun)

    a process of becoming smaller or shorter

  3. decrease, decrement(noun)

    the amount by which something decreases

  4. decrease, diminution, reduction, step-down(verb)

    the act of decreasing or reducing something

  5. decrease, diminish, lessen, fall(verb)

    decrease in size, extent, or range

    "The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester"; "The cabin pressure fell dramatically"; "her weight fell to under a hundred pounds"; "his voice fell to a whisper"

  6. decrease, lessen, minify(verb)

    make smaller

    "He decreased his staff"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. decrease(verb)ɪˈkris; n. ˈdi kris, dɪˈkris

    ≠ increase

    to decrease from 25% to 20%; a number estimated to decrease by 30,000; to decrease blood pressure

  2. decrease(noun)ɪˈkris; n. ˈdi kris, dɪˈkris


    a decrease in taxes; a decrease of 10%


  1. decrease(Noun)

    An amount by which a quantity is decreased.

  2. decrease(Verb)

    Of a quantity, to become smaller.

  3. decrease(Verb)

    To make (a quantity) smaller.

  4. Origin: From descreistre (French: décroître), from decrescere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Decrease(noun)

    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

  2. Decrease(verb)

    to cause to grow less; to diminish gradually; as, extravagance decreases one's means

  3. Decrease

    a becoming less; gradual diminution; decay; as, a decrease of revenue or of strength

  4. Decrease

    the wane of the moon


  1. Decrease

    A decrease in knitting is 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.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'decrease' in Verbs Frequency: #823

Anagrams of decrease

  1. deceaser

Translations for decrease

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a growing less

a decrease of fifty per cent; a gradual decrease in unemployment.

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