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decrease

[v. dih-krees; n. dee-krees, dih-krees]
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

undecreased, adjective


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.


1. increase, expand.
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decrease
 
vb
1.  to diminish or cause to diminish in size, number, strength, etc
 
n
2.  the act or process of diminishing; reduction
3.  the amount by which something has been diminished
 
[C14: from Old French descreistre, from Latin dēcrescere to grow less, from de- + crescere to grow]
 
de'creasing
 
adj
 
de'creasingly
 
adv

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decrease
late 14c., from O.Fr. pp. stem of descreistre, from L. decrescere, from de- "away from" + crescere "to grow" (see crescent).
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