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Definition of Decrease


  1. To grow less, -- opposed to increase; to be diminished gradually, in size, degree, number, duration, etc., or in strength, quality, or excellence; as, they days decrease in length from June to December.
  2. To cause to grow less; to diminish gradually; as, extravagance decreases one's means.
  3. A becoming less; gradual diminution; decay; as, a decrease of revenue or of strength.
  4. The wane of the moon.

Decrease Quotations

It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.
Bruce Lee

We must not only cease our present desire for the growth of the state, but we must desire its decrease, its weakening.
Leo Tolstoy

Now this is a way to approach our healthcare problems: increase the number of tax collectors and decrease the number of doctors - brilliant!
Charles Krauthammer

Still, whether we like it or not, the task of speeding up the decrease of the human population becomes increasingly urgent.
Havelock Ellis

In a finite world this means that the per capita share of the world's goods must steadily decrease.
Garrett Hardin
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Decrease Translations

decrease in Afrikaans is verminder
decrease in Dutch is afdraaien, verlagen
decrease in German is vermindern
decrease in Italian is togliere, abbassarsi, diminuzione, abbassarsi
decrease in Latin is tepesco, minuo minui minutum
decrease in Norwegian is nedgang, redusere, avta, minke
decrease in Spanish is baja, decrecer, disminucion, decrecer
decrease in Swedish is avtagande, minska

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