1. [ noun ] change toward something smaller or lower
Synonyms: decline
Related terms: decrease loss slump ebb sinking_spell deterioration slippage erosion decrease
2. [ noun ] (music,fine art) the statement of a theme in notes of lesser duration (usually half the length of the original)
Related terms: augmentation statement
3. [ noun ] the act of decreasing or reducing something
Synonyms: reduction step-down decrease
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 shrinking devitalization tax_shelter tax_credit cut moderation reduce decrease de-escalate
Similar spelling:   diminutive