decrease

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From Old French descreistre (French: décroître), from Latin decrescere.

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decrease (third-person singular simple present decreases, present participle decreasing, simple past and past participle decreased)

  1. (intransitive) Of a quantity, to become smaller.
  2. (transitive) To make (a quantity) smaller.

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decrease (plural decreases)

  1. An amount by which a quantity is decreased.
  2. (knitting) A reduction in the number of stitches, usually accomplished by suspending the stitch to be decreased from another existing stitch or by knitting it together with another stitch. See Decrease (knitting).

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