Definition of decrease in English:


Syllabification: de·crease


Pronunciation: /dəˈkrēs
Make or become smaller or fewer in size, amount, intensity, or degree: [no obj]: the population of the area has decreased radically [with obj]: in some cases vitamin E has decreased cholesterol levels
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  • When fertility decreased, the garden would be abandoned and a new patch of land burnt for use.
  • Russian security unilateralism would decrease; consultation would increase.
  • Children from existing neighbourhoods will be affected by this catchment area decreasing.
lessen, reduce, drop, diminish, decline, dwindle, fall off;
die down, abate, subside, tail off, ebb, wane;
plummet, plunge
reduce, lessen, lower, cut (back/down), curtail;
slim down, tone down, deplete, minimize, slash


Pronunciation: /ˈdēˌkrēs
, dəˈkrēs
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An instance or example of becoming smaller or fewer: a decrease in births the rate of decrease became greater.
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  • Interest rates on banking credits are expected to fall with the decrease in the basic interest rate.
  • Then came the economic downturn and a sharp decrease in the numbers venturing onto the slopes.
  • The capital encountered severe drought this year due to a sharp decrease in rainfall.


late Middle English: from Old French decreis (noun), decreistre (verb), based on Latin decrescere, from de- 'down' + crescere 'grow'.


on the decrease

Becoming less common or widespread; decreasing.
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  • With inflation set to fall even further from an all time low of 1.9% in December for once the trend may just show the graph on the decrease rather than on an ever increasing curve.
  • The total investment however, has been steadily on the decrease since the economic crisis hit the country in the middle of 1997.
  • Such being the case, it is not exaggerating to say that the number of applicants for the doctoral degree is on the decrease in Korea.



Pronunciation: /diˈkrēsiNGlē/
[as submodifier]: voters have proved decreasingly willing to support the party
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  • With decreasingly few exceptions, media is supported by advertising.
  • Changes in urban areas have resulted in a decreasingly child-friendly environment.
  • Dynamic debates within higher education were increasingly Africa-oriented and Africa-focused and decreasingly driven by the disciplines and discourses of their overseas counterparts.

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