What does decrease mean?

Definitions for decreasedɪˈkris; ˈdi kris, dɪˈkris

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word decrease.

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"


  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

  5. Origin: [OE. decrees, OF. decreis, fr. decreistre. See Decrease, v.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Decrease

    de-krēs′, v.i. to become less: to be diminished by degrees in size or power.—v.t. to make less: to lessen gradually.—n. a growing less: loss.—adv. Decreas′ingly. [O. Fr. decrois, a decrease—L. descrescĕrede, from, crescĕre, to grow.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of decrease in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of decrease in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Kahlil Gibran:

    As one's gifts increase, his friends decrease.

  2. Bruce Lee:

    It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.

  3. Cigna CEO David Cordani:

    It's going to increase choice, not decrease choice. It's going to increase affordability, not decrease affordability.

  4. Christine Friedenreich:

    This study provides some new evidence that watching TV after a diagnosis of colorectal cancer may decrease overall survival as well as survival associated with colon cancer diagnosis.

  5. Nora Volkow:

    We have started to explore the extent to which interventions that can decrease the amount of drug consumed can have benefits to the individual, it would be valuable to decrease the amount of drug consumed.

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Translations for decrease

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • намаляване, намаление, намалявам, намалявам сеBulgarian
  • disminuir, decreixença, disminució, decréixerCatalan, Valencian
  • snížitCzech
  • verringern, Verringerung, abnehmenGerman
  • μειώνω, ελαττώνω, μειώνομαι, λιγοστεύωGreek
  • malpliigiEsperanto
  • disminuir, disminuciónSpanish
  • vähentää, lasku, laskea, vähenemäFinnish
  • diminuer, réduireFrench
  • פחת, הפחיתHebrew
  • csökkenés, csökken, csökkentHungarian
  • պակասել, փոքրանալArmenian
  • diminutarIdo
  • diminuire, decrementare, calare, ribassare, far calare, ridurreItalian
  • 減らす, 減少, 減るJapanese
  • afnemen, verminderenDutch
  • zmniejszaćPolish
  • reduzir, redução, diminuir, diminuiçãoPortuguese
  • descrește, scădeaRomanian
  • понижаться, понижать, снижать, снизиться, уменьшение, понизить, снизить, снижение, уменьшать, уменьшиться, понизиться, уменьшить, уменьшаться, снижатьсяRussian
  • minska, minskningSwedish
  • azaltmakTurkish
  • hạVietnamese
  • 减少Chinese

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