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decrease

noun

1 decrease

A change downward:
— There was a decrease in his temperature as the fever subsided.

synonyms: drop-off, lessening.

Roget 659: deterioration, debasement; wane, ebb; recession etc. 287; retrogradation etc. 283; decrease etc. 36.    ... show more

Roget 38: subtraction, subduction; deduction, retrenchment; removal, withdrawal; ablation, sublation; abstraction etc. (taking) 789; garbling, ... show more

Dutch: terugloop
Polish: pomniejszenie się, zmalenie, zmniejszenie się



2 decrease

A process of becoming smaller or shorter.

synonym: decrement.

3 decrease

The amount by which something decreases.

synonym: decrement.

Polish: ubytek

4 decrease

The act of decreasing or reducing something.

synonyms: diminution, reduction, step-down.

Roget 36: decrease, diminution; lessening etc. v.; subtraction etc. 38; reduction, abatement, declension; shrinking etc. (contraction.) ... show more

Dutch: aftreden, afname, afneming, daling, mindering, reductie, verlaging, vermindering
Polish: malenie, pomniejszanie się, zmniejszanie się

verb

1 decrease

Decrease in size, extent, or range:
— The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester.

synonyms: diminish, fall, lessen.

Roget 195: become small, become smaller; lessen, decrease etc. 36; grow less, dwindle, shrink, contract, narrow, shrivel, collapse, wither, ... show more

Roget 36: decrease, diminish, lessen; abridge etc. (shorten) 201; shrink etc. (contract) 195; drop off, fall off, tail off; ... show more

Dutch: achteruitlopen, afnemen, minderen, slabakken, teruglopen, verminderen

2 decrease

Make smaller:
— He decreased his staff.

synonyms: lessen, minify.

Dutch: afnemen, verminderen


Moby thesaurus: abate, abatement, abbreviate, abbreviation, ablate, ablation, abrade, abridge, abstract, allay, alleviate, apportion, astriction, astringency, attrition, bate, be eaten away, bottleneck, calibrate, calibrated ... show more.

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