Meaning of decrease
Pronunciation: (v.di-krēs'n.dē'krēs, di-krēs'), [key]
— v., n. -creased, -creas•ing,
- to diminish or lessen in extent, quantity, strength, power, etc.: During the ten-day march across the desert their supply of water decreased rapidly.
- to make less; cause to diminish: to decrease one's work load.
- the act or process of decreasing; condition of being decreased; gradual reduction: a decrease in sales; a decrease in intensity.
- the amount by which a thing is lessened: The decrease in sales was almost 20 percent.
- decrease (Thesaurus)