decrease


decrease
I. decrease de‧crease 2 [ˈdiːkriːs] noun [countable, uncountable]
the process of reducing something, or the amount by which it reduces:
decrease in

• The government announced a 25% decrease in the price of fuel.

decrease of

• Industrial production last month rose 0.5%, after a decrease of 0.2% in December.

  [m0] II. decrease de‧crease 1 [dɪˈkriːs] verb [intransitive, transitive]
to go down to a lower level, or to make something do this:

• Network television viewing continues to decrease.

• The bank decreased its dividend to 15 cents from 31.25 cents a share.

— decreasing adjective [only before a noun] :

• The airline has been hurt by high fuel costs and decreasing passenger traffic.

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decrease UK US /dɪˈkriːs/ verb [I or T]
to become less, or to make something become less: decrease in value/price/amount »

When an investment increases or decreases in value but we do not sell it, we record an unrealized gain or loss.

decrease by 10%/10 points, etc. »

The country's total exports decreased by 6% in 2009.

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The company has introduced various strategies to decrease production costs.

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decrease significantly/dramatically/rapidly

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decrease gradually/slightly/slowly

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decrease UK US /ˈdiːkriːs/ noun [C or U]
the process of something becoming less, or the amount by which something becomes less: »

Florida is not the only state to experience decreases in revenues.

a decrease of 10%/10 points, etc. »

Sales were $640 million for the quarter, a decrease of 11%.

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a marked/significant/dramatic decrease

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a slight/gradual/steady decrease


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Decrease — De*crease , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Decreased}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Decreasing}.] [OE. decrecen, fr. OF. decreistre, F. d[ e]cro[^i]tre, or from the OF. noun (see {Decrease}, n.), fr. L. decrescere to grow less; de + crescere to grow. See {Crescent},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • decrease — [dē krēs′, dikrēs′; ] also, & for n. usually [, dē′krēs΄] vi., vt. decreased, decreasing [ME decresen < OFr decreistre < L decrescere < de , from, away + crescere, grow: see CRESCENT] to become or cause to become less, smaller, etc.;… …   English World dictionary

  • Decrease — De*crease , n. [OE. decrees, OF. decreis, fr. decreistre. See {Decrease}, v.] 1. A becoming less; gradual diminution; decay; as, a decrease of revenue or of strength. [1913 Webster] 2. The wane of the moon. Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Decrease — De*crease , v. t. To cause to grow less; to diminish gradually; as, extravagance decreases one s means. [1913 Webster] That might decrease their present store. Prior. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • decrease — [n] diminishing, lessening abatement, compression, condensation, constriction, contraction, cutback, decline, declining, decrescence, depression, diminution, discount, downturn, dwindling, ebb, falling off, loss, reduction, shrinkage, striction,… …   New thesaurus

  • decrease — is pronounced with stress on the first syllable as a noun and on the second syllable as a verb …   Modern English usage

  • decrease — ► VERB ▪ make or become smaller or fewer in size, amount, intensity, or degree. ► NOUN 1) an instance of decreasing. 2) the process of decreasing. ORIGIN Latin decrescere, from crescere grow …   English terms dictionary

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