dramatic, drastic, great, large, marked, sharp, significant, substantial

There has been a sharp decrease in pollution since the law was introduced.

modest, slight, small
gradual, progressive, steady
rapid, sudden
corresponding, relative

Fewer houses are available, but there is no corresponding decrease in demand.

general, overall
threefold, tenfold, etc.
5%, 25%, etc.
demonstrate, display, exhibit, indicate, reveal, show

This year's figures show a decrease of 30% on last year.

experience, have, suffer

It is not uncommon to experience a decrease in confidence after a divorce.


Half the companies in the survey reported a decrease in sales.

cause, lead to, produce, result in
on the decrease

Marriage is still on the decrease.

decrease from … to … 

a decrease from 62% to just under half

decrease in

The new treatment led to a huge decrease in the number of deaths.

decrease of

a decrease of 20%

considerably, dramatically, drastically, greatly, markedly, sharply, significantly, substantially
slightly, somewhat

Spending has decreased slightly this year.

progressively, steadily
gradually, slowly

Crime has decreased by 20%.

from, to

Average family size has decreased from five to three children.


The number of quarrels among children decreases with age.

decrease in number, size, value, etc.

The heart gradually decreases in size.

Decrease is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑amount, ↑concentration, ↑confidence, ↑consumption, ↑deficit, ↑density, ↑emission, ↑incidence, ↑length, ↑level, ↑mortality, ↑output, ↑percentage, ↑population, ↑productivity, ↑proportion, ↑rate, ↑size, ↑speed, ↑value, ↑velocity, ↑volume, ↑width
Decrease is used with these nouns as the object: ↑amount, ↑appetite, ↑blood pressure, ↑chance, ↑concentration, ↑cost, ↑diversity, ↑dosage, ↑duration, ↑effectiveness, ↑efficiency, ↑force, ↑frequency, ↑incidence, ↑intake, ↑intensity, ↑level, ↑likelihood, ↑mortality, ↑number, ↑per cent, ↑point, ↑probability, ↑production, ↑productivity, ↑rate, ↑recurrence, ↑reliance, ↑risk, ↑size, ↑stress, ↑temperature, ↑use, ↑voltage, ↑volume, ↑vulnerability, ↑width

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  • decrease — vb Decrease, lessen, diminish, reduce, abate, dwindle denote to make or grow less, but they are not freely interchangeable. Decrease and lessen are often employed in place of any of the others. Decrease normally retains, even in the transitive,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • decrease — [dē krēs′, dikrēs′; ] also, & for n. usually [, dē′krēs΄] vi., vt. decreased, decreasing [ME decresen < OFr decreistre < L decrescere < de , from, away + crescere, grow: see CRESCENT] to become or cause to become less, smaller, etc.;… …   English World dictionary

  • Decrease — De*crease , n. [OE. decrees, OF. decreis, fr. decreistre. See {Decrease}, v.] 1. A becoming less; gradual diminution; decay; as, a decrease of revenue or of strength. [1913 Webster] 2. The wane of the moon. Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Decrease — De*crease , v. t. To cause to grow less; to diminish gradually; as, extravagance decreases one s means. [1913 Webster] That might decrease their present store. Prior. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • decrease — [n] diminishing, lessening abatement, compression, condensation, constriction, contraction, cutback, decline, declining, decrescence, depression, diminution, discount, downturn, dwindling, ebb, falling off, loss, reduction, shrinkage, striction,… …   New thesaurus

  • decrease — is pronounced with stress on the first syllable as a noun and on the second syllable as a verb …   Modern English usage

  • decrease — ► VERB ▪ make or become smaller or fewer in size, amount, intensity, or degree. ► NOUN 1) an instance of decreasing. 2) the process of decreasing. ORIGIN Latin decrescere, from crescere grow …   English terms dictionary

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  • decrease — ▪ I. decrease de‧crease 2 [ˈdiːkriːs] noun [countable, uncountable] the process of reducing something, or the amount by which it reduces: decrease in • The government announced a 25% decrease in the price of fuel. decrease of • Industrial… …   Financial and business terms

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