• (verb-transitive): To grow or cause to grow gradually less or smaller, as in number, amount, or intensity.
  • (noun): The act or process of decreasing.
  • (noun): The amount by which something decreases.

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  • (noun): the act of decreasing or reducing something
  • (noun): the amount by which something decreases
  • (noun): a process of becoming smaller or shorter
  • (noun): a change downward; "there was a decrease in his temperature as the fever subsided"; "there was a sharp drop-off in sales"
  • (verb): make smaller; "He decreased his staff"
  • (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"

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Example Sentences

  • When you're in school now, the overreaction to this and that and the strictness and what they call the decrease, I'm calling the police.

  • April 2nd, 2010 9: 39 am ET yeah, an increase and decrease is NO better than drastic losses during Duh Duh Duh-byas reign of error

  • Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has reduced antlerless permits by 51 percent from 2,882 to 1,400 during 2000-2004 and recently proposed 100 permits for 2006 – a 96 percent decrease from the 2,660 permits issued in 1995. any wonder hunters are getting totally miffed by the [apparent] lack of proper game management and wolves?

  • How do we know that the decrease is not the consequence of fewer females conceived in the 1980s when abortion was at its peak?

  • The unemployment rate for workers with unemployment insurance for the week ended Sept. 18 was 3.5%, a 0.1 percentage point decrease from the prior week's revised rate of 3.6%.

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