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- (verb) enPR: dĭkrēs', IPA(key): /dɪˈkɹiːs/
- (noun) enPR: dē'krēs, IPA(key): /ˈdiːkɹiːs/
- Rhymes: -iːs
- (intransitive) Of a quantity, to become smaller.
- The quality of our products has decreased since the main designer left.
- (transitive) To make (a quantity) smaller.
- Let's decrease the volume a little so we can hear each other talking.
- (become smaller): drop, fall, go down, plummet (rapidly), plunge (rapidly), reduce, shrink, sink; See also Thesaurus:decrease
- (make smaller): abate, cut, decrement, lower, reduce; See also Thesaurus:diminish
- (become larger): go up, grow, increase, rise, soar (rapidly), shoot up (rapidly); See also Thesaurus:increase
- (make larger): increase, increment, raise, up (informal); See also Thesaurus:augment
- An amount by which a quantity is decreased.
- After six years of constant growth, the company reported a slight decrease in sales last year.
- One research team has recorded Baishui’s decrease at about 27 meters per year over the last 10 years.
- (knitting) 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. See Decrease (knitting).
- (amount by which a quantity is decreased): cut, decrement, drop, fall, loss, lowering, reduction, shrinkage
amount of decrease