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Definition of 'decrease'

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  1. a change downward; "there was a decrease in his temperature as the fever subsided"; "there was a sharp drop-off in sales"
       Synonyms: lessening drop-off
       Antonyms: increase
  2. a process of becoming smaller or shorter
       Synonyms: decrement
       Antonyms: increase increment growth increase increment growth
  3. the amount by which something decreases
       Synonyms: decrement
       Antonyms: increase increment
  4. the act of decreasing or reducing something
       Synonyms: diminution reduction step-down
       Antonyms: increase step-up


  1. decrease in size, extent, or range; "The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester"; "The cabin pressure fell dramatically"; "her weight fall to under a hundred pounds"; "his voice fell to a whisper"
       Synonyms: diminish lessen fall
       Antonyms: increase
  2. make smaller; "He decreased his staff"
       Synonyms: lessen minify
       Antonyms: increase

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