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decreasing

[dih-kree-sing] /dɪˈkri sɪŋ/
adjective
1.
becoming less or fewer; diminishing.
2.
Mathematics. (of a function) having the property that for any two points in the domain such that one is larger than the other, the image of the larger point is less than or equal to the image of the smaller point; nonincreasing.
Compare increasing (def 2).
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see decrease, -ing2
Related forms
decreasingly, adverb
undecreasing, adjective
undecreasingly, adverb

decrease

[v. dih-krees; n. dee-krees, dih-krees] /v. dɪˈkris; n. ˈdi kris, dɪˈkris/
verb (used without object), decreased, decreasing.
1.
to diminish or lessen in extent, quantity, strength, power, etc.:
During the ten-day march across the desert their supply of water decreased rapidly.
verb (used with object), decreased, decreasing.
2.
to make less; cause to diminish:
to decrease one's work load.
noun
3.
the act or process of decreasing; condition of being decreased; gradual reduction:
a decrease in sales; a decrease in intensity.
4.
the amount by which a thing is lessened:
The decrease in sales was almost 20 percent.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English decres (noun), decresen (v.) < Old French decreiss-, long stem of decreistre < Latin dēcrēscere (dē- de- + crēscere to grow); see crescent
Related forms
undecreased, adjective
Synonyms
1. wane, lessen, fall off, decline, contract, abate. Decrease, diminish, dwindle, shrink imply becoming smaller or less in amount. Decrease commonly implies a sustained reduction in stages, especially of bulk, size, volume, or quantity, often from some imperceptible cause or inherent process: The swelling decreased daily. Diminish usually implies the action of some external cause that keeps taking away: Disease caused the number of troops to diminish steadily. Dwindle implies an undesirable reduction by degrees, resulting in attenuation: His followers dwindled to a mere handful. Shrink especially implies contraction through an inherent property under specific conditions: Many fabrics shrink in hot water. 3. abatement, decline, subsidence, shrinking, dwindling, ebbing.
Antonyms
1. increase, expand.
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British Dictionary definitions for decreasing

decrease

verb (dɪˈkriːs)
1.
to diminish or cause to diminish in size, number, strength, etc
noun (ˈdiːkriːs; dɪˈkriːs)
2.
the act or process of diminishing; reduction
3.
the amount by which something has been diminished
Derived Forms
decreasing, adjective
decreasingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French descreistre, from Latin dēcrescere to grow less, from de- + crescere to grow
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Word Origin and History for decreasing

decrease

v.

late 14c., from Anglo-French decreiss-, present participle stem of decreistre, Old French descroistre (12c., Modern French décroître), from Latin decrescere "to grow less, diminish," from de- "away from" (see de-) + crescere "to grow" (see crescent). Related: Decreased; decreasing.

n.

late 14c., "detriment, harm;" early 15c. as "a becoming less or smaller," from Anglo-French decres; see decrease (v.).

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