Definition of decrease :
1. A becoming less; gradual diminution; decay; as, a decrease of revenue or of strength.
2. The wane of the moon.
3. To cause to grow less; to diminish gradually; as, extravagance decreases one's means.
4. To grow less, - opposed to increase; to be diminished gradually, in size, degree, number, duration, etc., or in strength, quality, or excellence; as, they days decrease in length from June to December.
flow, pass, mitigate, settle, falling off, decline, reducing, devolve, descend, fall, go down, falloff, come, shine, minify, step-down, hang, return, accrue, light, belittle, slack, simplification, slump, strike, moderate, drop-off, ebb, let up, increase, come down, fall down, precipitate, rebate, cliff
depress (part of speech: verb)
curtail (part of speech: verb)
subtract (part of speech: verb)
diminish (part of speech: verb)
shrinkage (part of speech: noun)
lose (part of speech: verb)
decrease (part of speech: verb)
shrinkage, compression, diminishment, truncation, erosion, lower, dwindle, compaction, shrink, lessen, reduction, subside, recede, diminish, compress, concentration, deduct, shorten, truncate, abbreviation, curtailment, concentrate, abate, die down, deflate, abbreviate, compact, contraction, curtail, deflation, deduction, contract, erode, drain, decrement, abridgement, abridge, deplete, depletion
loss (part of speech: noun)
depression (part of speech: noun)
subtraction (part of speech: noun)
- But his despair could not stay the operation of the laws of nature, and he watched the decrease of that water as one watches the failing breath of a dying child. - "Cord and Creese", James de Mille.
- There has been, I was assured by the manager, no sensible decrease in the number of the birds or the eggs during twenty years. - "Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands", Charles Nordhoff.
- For this purpose the thermometer must be kept in the bath, and additions of warm water made as the temperature is found to decrease. - "The Maternal Management of Children, in Health and Disease.", Thomas Bull, M.D..