Decrease

Definition of Decrease

De`crease´
v. i.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.
[imp. & p. p. Decreased ; p. pr. & vb. n. Decreasing.]
He must increase, but I must decrease.
- John iii. 30.
The olive leaf, which certainly them told
The flood decreased.
- Drayton.
v. t.1.To cause to grow less; to diminish gradually; as, extravagance decreases one's means.
That might decrease their present store.
- Prior.
n.1.A becoming less; gradual diminution; decay; as, a decrease of revenue or of strength.
2.The wane of the moon.

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