Definition of decrease in English:


Line breaks: de|crease


Pronunciation: /dɪˈkriːs


Pronunciation: /ˈdiːkriːs
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on the decrease

Becoming less common or widespread; decreasing: marriage is on the decrease
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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.



[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.


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

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