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English noun: decrease

1. decrease (event) a change downward


SamplesThere was a decrease in his temperature as the fever subsided.
There was a sharp drop-off in sales.


Synonymsdrop-off, lessening


Broader (hypernym)alteration, change, modification


Narrower (hyponym)attrition, casualty, dwindling, dwindling away, shrinkage, shrinking, sinking, waning


Antonymsincrease

2. decrease (process) a process of becoming smaller or shorter


Synonymsdecrement


Broader (hypernym)physical process, process


Narrower (hyponym)decay, decline, decline, desensitisation, desensitization, diminution, narrowing, slippage, wastage


Antonymsincrement, growth, increase

3. decrease (attribute) the amount by which something decreases


Synonymsdecrement


Broader (hypernym)amount


Narrower (hyponym)dip, drop, fall, free fall, shrinkage


Antonymsincrement, increase

4. decrease (act) the act of decreasing or reducing something


Synonymsdiminution, reduction, step-down


Broader (hypernym)change of magnitude


Narrower (hyponym)alleviation, amortisation, amortization, contraction, cut, cutback, de-escalation, declassification, deduction, deduction, deflation, depletion, depreciation, devaluation, devitalisation, devitalization, discount, easement, easing, extenuation, lowering, minimisation, minimization, mitigation, mitigation, moderation, palliation, price reduction, relief, reverse split, reverse stock split, rollback, shelter, shortening, shrinking, split down, subtraction, tax credit, tax shelter, weakening


Antonymsstep-up, increase


English verb: decrease

1. decrease (change) decrease in size, extent, or range


SamplesThe amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester.
The cabin pressure fell dramatically.
Her weight fell to under a hundred pounds.
His voice fell to a whisper.


Synonymsdiminish, fall, lessen


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)change magnitude


Narrower (hyponym)abate, boil down, break, break, concentrate, contract, de-escalate, decelerate, decline, decoct, decrescendo, deflate, depreciate, devaluate, devalue, die away, drop off, dwindle, dwindle away, dwindle down, ease off, ease up, flag, fly, go down, let up, reduce, remit, retard, shorten, shrink, shrink, shrink, shrivel, shrivel, shrivel up, slack, slack off, slacken off, slow, slow down, slow up, taper, thin out, undervalue, vanish, vaporize, wane, wane, wane, weaken, wither


Antonymsincrease

2. decrease (change) make smaller


SamplesHe decreased his staff.


Synonymslessen, minify


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)abate, abbreviate, abridge, belittle, boil down, bring down, circumscribe, concentrate, confine, contract, cut, cut, cut, cut back, cut down, de-escalate, diminish, foreshorten, limit, lour, lower, minimise, minimize, mitigate, pare, pare down, reduce, reduce, reduce, reduce, relax, shorten, shrink, slack, slack, slack up, slacken, slake, step down, suppress, trim, trim back, trim down, turn down, weaken


Antonymsincrease









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