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Definition of DECREASE

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Decrease \De*crease"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Decreased}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Decreasing}.] [OE. decrecen, fr. OF. decreistre, F. d['e]cro[^i]tre, or from the OF. noun (see {Decrease}, n.), fr. L. decrescere to grow less; de + crescere to grow. See {Crescent}, and cf. {Increase}.] To grow less, -- opposed to increase; to be diminished gradually, in size, degree, number, duration, etc., or in strength, quality, or excellence; as, they days decrease in length from June to December. [1913 Webster]

           He must increase, but I must decrease.   --John iii.

     Syn: To {Decrease}, {Diminish}.

     Usage: Things usually decrease or fall off by degrees, and from within, or through some cause which is imperceptible; as, the flood decreases; the cold decreases; their affection has decreased. Things commonly diminish by an influence from without, or one which is apparent; as, the army was diminished by disease; his property is diminishing through extravagance; their affection has diminished since their separation their separation. The turn of thought, however, is often such that these words may be interchanged. [1913 Webster]

                  The olive leaf, which certainly them told The flood decreased.              --Drayton. [1913 Webster]

                  Crete's ample fields diminish to our eye; Before the Boreal blasts the vessels fly.
                                                    --Pope. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Decrease \De*crease"\, v. t.
     To cause to grow less; to diminish gradually; as, extravagance decreases one's means. [1913 Webster]

           That might decrease their present store. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Decrease \De*crease"\, n. [OE. decrees, OF. decreis, fr. decreistre. See {Decrease}, v.]
     1. A becoming less; gradual diminution; decay; as, a decrease of revenue or of strength. [1913 Webster]

     2. The wane of the moon. --Bacon.
        [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

232 Moby Thesaurus words for "decrease": abate, abatement, abbreviate, abbreviation, ablate, ablation, abrade, abridge, abstract, allay, alleviate, apportion, astriction, astringency, attrition, bate, be eaten away, bottleneck, calibrate, calibrated, cervix, circumscribe, circumscription, clip, close, coarct, coarctation, compact, compactedness, compaction, compress, compression, compressure, concentrate, concentration, condensation, condense, consolidate, consolidation, constrict, constriction, constringe, constringency, consume, consume away, consumption, contract, contraction, contracture, corrode, count, cramp, crumble, curtail, curtailment, cut, cut back, cut down, cutting, damp, dampen, de-escalate, de-escalation, decline, decrement, deduct, deflate, deliquesce, deplete, depletion, depreciate, depreciation, depress, derogate, derogation, detract, detraction, die away, differentiate, diminish, diminuendo, diminution, dip, disparage, disparagement, dissipate, dissipation, dive, divide, downgrade, drain, draw, draw in, draw together, dribble away, drop, drop off, dwindle, dwindling, ease, ease off, ease up, eat away, ebb, erode, erosion, evaporation, exhaustion, expenditure, extract, extraction, fall, fall away, fall off, falling off, file away, fix, gradational, grade, gradual, graduate, graduated, hierarchic, hourglass, hourglass figure, impair, impairment, impoverishment, increase, isthmus, knit, knitting, languish, leach, leakage, lessen, lessening, let up, lighten, lower, lowering, measure, melt away, mitigate, narrow, narrow place, narrowing, neck, number, parcel, pare, peter out, plummet, plunge, progressive, pucker, pucker up, puckering, purify, purse, pursing, quantify, quantize, rate, rebate, recede, reduce, reduction, refine, regular, remission, remove, retraction, retrench, retrenchment, roll back, rub away, run low, sag, scalar, scale down, shade off, shorten, shortening, shrink, shrinkage, shrinking, shrivel up, simplify, sink, slacken, slackening, solidification, solidify, squander, step down, strangle, stranglement, strangulate, strangulation, striction, stricture, subduct, subside, subsidence, subtract, systole, tail off, take away, take from, taper, taper off, thin, thin out, trim, truncation, tune down, using, using up, wane, wasp waist, wastage, waste, waste away, wear, wear away, wearing, wearing away, weed, withdraw, wrinkle, wrinkling

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