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Meaning of decrease

de•crease

Pronunciation: (v.di-krēs'n.dē'krēs, di-krēs'), [key]
— v., n. -creased, -creas•ing,
—v.i.
  1. to diminish or lessen in extent, quantity, strength, power, etc.: During the ten-day march across the desert their supply of water decreased rapidly.
—v.t.
  1. to make less; cause to diminish: to decrease one's work load.
—n.
  1. the act or process of decreasing; condition of being decreased; gradual reduction: a decrease in sales; a decrease in intensity.
  2. the amount by which a thing is lessened: The decrease in sales was almost 20 percent.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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