de·crease • v. / diˈkrēs/ [intr.] become smaller or less in size, amount, intensity, or degree. ∎ [tr.] make smaller or less in size, amount, intensity, or degree: vitamin E has decreased cholesterol levels. • n. / ˈdēˌkrēs; diˈkrēs/ an instance or example of becoming smaller or less. ∎ the action or process of becoming smaller or fewer. PHRASES: on the decrease becoming less common or widespread.DERIVATIVES: de·creas·ing·ly / diˈkrēsinglē/ adv.
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