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
Synonyms: lessening drop-off

"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
Synonyms: lessen minify

"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
Synonyms: decrement
Related terms: increase increase process decline decay slippage narrowing desensitization wastage
5. [ noun ] the amount by which something decreases
Synonyms: decrement
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
Similar spelling:   decreased