|1.||[ verb ] decrease in size, extent, or range|
|Synonyms:||diminish lessen fall|
"The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester" "The cabin pressure fell dramatically" "her weight fall to under a hundred pounds" "his voice fell to a whisper"
|Related terms:||increase change_magnitude dwindle decelerate decline shrivel weaken abate drop_off shrink wane taper ease_up depreciate shorten remit thin_out de-escalate boil_down wane vanish shrink decrescendo break deflate break drop|
|2.||[ noun ] a change downward|
"there was a decrease in his temperature as the fever subsided" "there was a sharp drop-off in sales"
|Related terms:||increase change sinking waning dwindling attrition shrinking casualty drop_off|
|3.||[ verb ] make smaller|
"He decreased his staff"
|Related terms:||increase change reduce minimize limit abridge shrink diminish turn_down de-escalate pare slack slake reduce cut mitigate|
|4.||[ noun ] a process of becoming smaller|
|Related terms:||increase increase process decline decay slippage narrowing desensitization wastage|
|5.||[ noun ] the amount by which something decreases|
|Related terms:||increase amount drop shrinkage|
|6.||[ noun ] the act of decreasing or reducing something|
|Synonyms:||reduction step-down diminution|
|Related terms:||increase change_of_magnitude tax_deduction depletion depreciation extenuation easing subtraction discount rollback deflation de-escalation minimization cutback lowering declassification shortening weakening devaluation reverse_split contraction amortization devitalization moderation tax_shelter tax_credit cut shrinking reduce de-escalate|