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de•crease



Pronunciation: (
v.di-krēs';
n.dē'krēs, di-krēs'),
[key]
v., -creased, -creas•ing,
n.


v.i.
to diminish or lessen in extent, quantity, strength, power, etc.: During the ten-day march across the desert their supply of water decreased rapidly.

v.t.
to make less; cause to diminish: to decrease one's work load.

n.
1. the act or process of decreasing; condition of being decreased; gradual reduction: a decrease in sales; a decrease in intensity.
2. the amount by which a thing is lessened: The decrease in sales was almost 20 percent.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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