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The Definition of - decrease (noun)

    verb (used without object), decreased, decreasing.
    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.
    verb (used with object), decreased, decreasing.
    2.
    to make less; cause to diminish:
    to decrease one's work load.
    noun
    3.
    the act or process of decreasing; condition of being decreased; gradual reduction:
    a decrease in sales; a decrease in intensity.
    4.
    the amount by which a thing is lessened:
    The decrease in sales was almost 20 percent.

Word Example of - decrease

    Example Sentences for decrease

    The idea is that this kind of pastry tends to decrease the total number of food consumers.

    It increases the need and it does not decrease the interest of helping them, to think so.

    Even these are few in comparison with the area of the earth's surface, and their list tends to decrease.

    He supposes that this is because the pupils of a cat's eyes dilate and decrease with the moon.

    Changes in taxation also had their part in the platform, with an idea of obtaining a decrease of the high export duties.

    The decrease, therefore, in the suicide rate was more than 97 per cent.

    Mrs. Ward thought it not enough, and wrote at once to propose a decrease of royalty on the first 2,000 copies.

    This class of absorbent medicines are said to decrease irritability.

    More than this sustained power of the imagination, does the heroic in sentiment seem to decrease and to be wanting among us.

    The second cause is the decrease of the Indians and the increase of the Spaniards.

Word Origin & History of - decrease

    Word Origin & History

    decrease late 14c., from O.Fr. pp. stem of descreistre, from L. decrescere, from de- "away from" + crescere "to grow" (see crescent).