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Definitions of decrease

  1. To become less; to diminish gradually. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To cause to grow less; to diminish gradually; as, extravagance decreases one's means. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To cause to grow less; as, to decrease the length of the working day; reduce gradually in size or extent. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To make less. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. To grow less; diminish; dwindle; as, his income steadily decreased; abate; as, the storm decreased in violence. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. make smaller; "He decreased his staff" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. A becoming less; gradual diminution; decay; as, a decrease of revenue or of strength. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To lessen; to diminish gradually. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. To grow less; to diminish gradually; to become less; to lower; to abate. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. the act of decreasing or reducing something Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. the amount by which something decreases Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Gradual lessening or decay; the amount or degree of lessening. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. A lessening. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. The act, process, or state of decreasing; the amount or degree of loss; diminution. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. Gradual diminution or decay; wane of the moon. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. A becoming less; decay; gradual diminution. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for decrease

  1. He seemed to feel that, having undergone the operation, it might ease his position, and decrease possible danger, if he had companions in misery. – In Indian Mexico (1908) by Frederick Starr
  2. The decrease in value is due to the fact that you cannot take gold out of the country. – With the French in France and Salonika by Richard Harding Davis
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