decrease

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Pronunciation[change]

  • Hyphenation: de‧crease
verb
noun

Verb[change]

Plain form
decrease

Third-person singular
decreases

Past tense
decreased

Past participle
decreased

Present participle
decreasing

(transitive & intransitive)

A graph showing a decrease in area per person
  1. If something decreases, it goes down in number or value.
    The Australian dollar has decreased 3% against the Euro.
    The government has decreased the amount of money it gives to schools.


Antonyms[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
decrease

Plural
decreases

  1. A decrease happens when the number or value of something goes down.
    There has been a 3% decrease in the Australian dollar against the Euro.
    Every year we see a larger decrease in the number of students studying foreign languages.

Antonyms[change]