• (verb) enPR: dĭkrēs', IPA: /dɪˈkɹiːs/
  • (noun) enPR: dē'krēs, IPA: /ˈdiːkɹiːs/

decrease (decreases, present participle decreasing; past and past participle decreased)

  1. (intransitive) Of a quantity, to become smaller.
  2. (transitive) To make (a quantity) smaller.
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  1. An amount by which a quantity is decreased.
    One research team has recorded Baishui’s decrease at about 27 meters per year over the last 10 years.
  2. (knitting) A reduction in the number of stitches, usually accomplished by suspending the stitch to be decreased from another existing stitch or by knitting it together with another stitch. See Decrease (knitting).
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