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Definition of decrease verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



, NAmE//ˈdikris//
[intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they decrease
he / she / it decreases
past simple decreased
-ing form decreasing
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 to become or make something become smaller in size, number, etc. decrease (from something) (to something) The number of new students decreased from 210 to 160 this year. a decreasing population Donations have decreased significantly over the past few years. decrease by something The price of wheat has decreased by 5%. decrease in something This species of bird is decreasing in numbers every year. decrease something People should decrease the amount of fat they eat. opposite increase
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