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Definition of the noun decrease

What does decrease mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: decreases

  1. a change downward
  2. a process of becoming smaller or shorter
  3. the amount by which something decreases
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of decrease: decrement
    • antonym of decrease: increase
    • more generic word: amount = the relative magnitude of something with reference to a criterion
    • more specific terms:
  4. the act of decreasing or reducing something

Alternative definition of the noun decrease


  1. An amount by which a quantity is decreased.

Definition of the verb decrease

What does decrease mean as a doing word?

Decrease is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: decreased | decreasing | decreases

  1. decrease in size, extent, or range
  2. make smaller

Alternative definition of the verb decrease


  1. [intransitive] Of a quantity, to become smaller.
  2. [transitive] To make (a quantity) smaller.


Decrease: A decrease in knitting is 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.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Decrease

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Google previewAcromegaly (2012)

A Century of Scientific and Clinical Progress by Richard J. Robbins

Decrease means the value less than 50%. related to intrinsic abnormalities of the tumor cells, possibly to altered receptor mechanisms. Paradoxical responses of plasma GH to TRH and less frequently to LH-RH are, however, observed in ...

Google previewPlan B (2011)

How to Hatch a Second Plan That's Always Better Than Your First by David Kord Murray

No change in effectiveness means the tactic is useless, while an increase or decrease means we are affecting the business model. Let's say, for example, that we work for H&R Block and want to drive more foot traffic into its stores because ...

Google previewManhood, Citizenship, and the National Guard (2007)

Illinois, 1870-1917 by Eleanor L. Hannah

The 1901 decrease is a result of the recovery from the mobilizations and demobilizations that resulted from the Spanish American War. In both cases, the size of the ING was affected by official restructuring of the ING, and by neither a sudden ...

Google previewThe Aging Individual (2002)

Physical and Psychological Perspectives, 2nd Edition by Susan Krauss Whitbourne, PhD

decrease is a selective hypothalamic GH-releasing hormone pulse amplitude mediated phenomenon. Journals of ...

Google previewStitch Encyclopedia: Knitting (2014)

An Illustrated Guide to the Essential Knitting Stitches by Bunka Gakuen

YARN OVER/SINGLE-DECREASE COMBINATIONS YARN-OVER/DOUBLE- DECREASE COMBINATIONS There are two ways to chart this, but the knitting is the same. Left-slanting decrease and yarn over Yarn over and double-centered ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Healing Foods (2010)

by Michael T. Murray, Joseph Pizzorno

of Food* Decreased/delayed drug absorption Significant decrease in serum drug levels Avoid taking with antacids ( especially magnesium and aluminum types) and iron products; significantly ...

Google previewAn Encyclopedia of the History of Technology (2002)

by Ian McNeil

A fluid, as it passes through a nozzle, experiences a decrease in pressure, so, if it is steam, its density decreases. At first the density change is small and the velocity increase, induced by the drop in pressure, is large. Since, for a constant mass ...

Google previewDictionary of Military Terms (2009)

by U.S. Department of Defense

The time required for the activity of a given radioactive species to decrease to half of its initial value due to radioactive decay. The half-life is a characteristic property of each radioactive species and is independent of its amount or ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Psychological Trauma (2008)

by Gilbert Reyes, Jon D. Elhai, Julian D. Ford

For example, habituation might involve a decrease in the startle response (UCR) when a loud noise (UCS) is repeated several times. In layman's terms, a person gets used to a loud noise and stops responding as much. Research with animals ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Molecular Pharmacology

by Stefan Offermanns

enhanced melanin synthesis; decrease of in vivo tumorigenicity EGFR Receptor tyrosine kinase Inhibition of cell proliferation and colony formation; decrease of in vivo tumorigenicity c-erbB- 2 (HER2/neu) Receptor tyrosine kinase Inhibition ...

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Quotes about Decrease

As one's gifts increase, his friends decrease. (Kahlil Gibran)
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Scrabble value of D2E1C3R1E1A1S1E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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