• WordNet 3.6
    • v decrease decrease in size, extent, or range "The 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"
    • v decrease make smaller "He decreased his staff"
    • n decrease the act of decreasing or reducing something
    • n decrease the amount by which something decreases
    • n decrease a change downward "there was a decrease in his temperature as the fever subsided","there was a sharp drop-off in sales"
    • n decrease a process of becoming smaller or shorter
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Olive oil can help in lowering cholesterol levels and decreasing the risk of heart complications
    • Decrease A becoming less; gradual diminution; decay; as, a decrease of revenue or of strength.
    • Decrease The wane of the moon.
    • v. t Decrease To cause to grow less; to diminish gradually; as, extravagance decreases one's means. "That might decrease their present store."
    • v. i Decrease 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. "He must increase, but I must decrease .""The olive leaf, which certainly them told
      The flood decreased ."
      "Crete's ample fields diminish to our eye;
      Before the Boreal blasts the vessels fly."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Earth's magnetic field has been weakening. It seems to have lost 15% of its strength since 1670. At the present rate of decrease, it will reach zero in 2,000 years. Between the years 3500 and 4500, the magnetic field will not be sufficiently strong enough to ward off charged radiation from outer space.
    • decrease To become less; lessen; be diminished gradually in extent, bulk, quantity, or amount, or in strength, influence, or excellence: as, the days decrease in length from June to December.
    • decrease To make less; lessen; make smaller in dimensions, amount, quality, excellence, etc.; reduce gradually or by small deductions.
    • n decrease A becoming less; diminution; wane (as applied to the moon); decay: as, a rapid decrease of revenue or of strength.
    • n decrease The amount by which something is lessened; extent of loss or decrement: as, a great decrease in production or of income.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Men are a lot more streamlined than women for swimming, because the female's mamaries create a lot of drag. Enough, in fact, that racing suits have been developed with tiny pegs above the breasts to cause disturbance, which decreases the drag.
    • v.i Decrease de-krēs′ to become less: to be diminished by degrees in size or power
    • v.t Decrease to make less: to lessen gradually
    • n Decrease a growing less: loss
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  • Buddha
    “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
  • Lactantius Firmianus
    Lactantius Firmianus
    “Memory moderates prosperity, decreases adversity, controls youth and delights old age.”
  • John B. Anderson
    John B. Anderson
    “The only way you can do that [Balance The Budget, Decrease Taxes, and Increase Military Spending] is with mirrors, and that's what it would take.”
  • Bruce Lee
    “It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”
  • Lenore Fleischer
    Lenore Fleischer
    “Thinking in words slows you down and actually decreases comprehension in much the same way as walking a tightrope too slowly makes one lose one's balance.”
  • John B. Anderson
    John B. Anderson
    “The only way you can do that [decrease taxes, balance the budget, and increase military spending] is with mirrors, and thats what it would take.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. decrecen, fr. OF. decreistre, F. décroître, or from the OF. noun (see Decrease (n.)), fr. L. decrescere, to grow less; de, + crescere, to grow. See Crescent, and cf. Increase


In literature:

While they were at this work the rain decreased, and after a while ceased.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Meanwhile it was well to decrease the intervening distance so far as was prudent.
"Deerfoot in The Mountains" by Edward S. Ellis
Later, they break up, the limbs sprout out like blunt fins at the sides, and the long tail begins to decrease.
"The World's Greatest Books - Volume 15 - Science" by Various
The rate per ton per mile decreased from 1.92 cents in 1867 to 0.73 of a cent in 1900.
"Outline of the development of the internal commerce of the United States" by T.W. van Mettre
As the night wore away, so did the gale decrease and the sea subside.
"The Privateer's-Man" by Frederick Marryat
It appeared only thirty fathoms in diameter, and decreased in size at its summit.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
These numbers make a katun-series, starting with 4, decreasing by 2, if we read it left to right.
"Commentary Upon the Maya-Tzental Perez Codex" by William E. Gates
Their speed was now decreasing, but they knew that the speed of the Indians must be decreasing, too.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Said of tides, when decreasing from the spring-tides.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Weigh again and note decrease from evaporation.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education

In poetry:

As birds by silence show their mourning
in colde, yet sing at Springs returning:
So may Love nipt awhile decrease,
but as the Summer soone increase.
"73" by Mary Wroth
The trees may teach us Love's remaining,
Who suffer change with little paining,
Though Winter make their leaves decrease,
Yet with the Summer they increase.
"73" by Mary Wroth
How many, yet deceiv'd, all pow'r oppose?
Their fears increasing, as decrease their woes;
Jealous of bondage, while they freedom gain,
And most oblig'd, most eager to complain.
"An Epistle Of The Right Honourable Sir Robert Walpole" by Richard Savage
No scorching sun or blighting storm,
No burning sand or desert drear,
No fell disease or wasting form,
To mar the glowing beauty here.
Decay and ruin ever must decrease,
Here on the fertile, healthful Plains of Peace.
"The Plains Of Peace" by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
Softly the sunset decreases dim in the violet Distance,
Even as Love's own fervour has faded away from me,
Leaving the weariness, the monotonous Weight of Existence,--
All the farewells in the world weep in the sound of the sea.
"Reverie Of Ormuz The Persian" by Laurence Hope
Decrease our population, check our growth,
Deprive us of our wealth, our liberty,
Lower the nation's conscience by a hair,
And you are less than that you were before!
You stand here in the world the man you are,
Because your country is America!
"Nation" by Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman

In news:

Half of marketers plan to decrease spending in traditional advertising channels like magazines, direct mail, and newspapers to fund increases in online ad spending in 2005.
Maximum sustained winds decreased to near 35 mph.
Scientists say decrease could herald flip of planet's poles.
Helping women decrease stress and enhance desire.
Around menopause , the levels of the hormones estrogen and progestin decrease, resulting in hot flashes, sweats, mood swings, and vaginal dryness.
Housing starts decreased moderately to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.969 million units in April, the US Department of Commerce reported.
In fact, for most men in long-term sexually monogamous relationships, a steady decrease in libido has everything to do with biology and hormones and would be the same regardless of the particular woman in their lives.
Application of gunnable foam/fiber insulation significantly decreases the overall heat loss of the refractory system and can provide a payback period in terms of energy savings typically in less than six months.
Ben Affleck Lobbies to Decrease the Worldwide Child Mortality Rate .
The black infant mortality rate in Boston decreased 47 percent between 2008 and 2009, falling to its lowest level in 20 years, according to a new state report released on Friday.
After reporting comp and net sales decreases for its third quarter and year-to-date results, Tuesday Morning is working to improve sales and launch a new e-commerce site.
Print ad revenue dropped to $4.8 billion, a decrease of 7.9.
Urban Oil And Gas Wells Popup Across Colorado, But Number Of Permits Decreasing.
His weight then decreased by 11 kg in 3 months.
A few years ago, researchers discovered that in areas polluted by human-made noise, a species of hummingbird seemed to increase in population, while a jay species seemed to decrease.

In science:

Internal forces cannot change the angular momentum, but it is evident from Eq. (2) that the energy can be decreased by aligning the axis of maximal inertia along J, i.e. decreasing θ .
Physics of Grain Alignment
The thermal time, however, decreases with decreasing temperature at a given depth because radiation pressure (eq. ) is less important.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
As the end of the inflationary stage (approximately) could be considered the point t = τ at which the (decreasing) energy density ǫ(τ ) again becomes equal to some V (ξ (τ )) (which is decreasing much more fastly).
Spin-driven inflation
The data for extruded polystyrene decreases from the Voronoi tessellation towards the Gaussian random field result as the density decreases.
Elastic moduli of model random three-dimensional closed-cell cellular solids
For each virial mass the entropy decreases with decreasing amounts of pre-heating.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating