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Noun decrease has 4 senses
  1. decrease, lessening, drop-off - a change downward; "there was a decrease in his temperature as the fever subsided"; "there was a sharp drop-off in sales"
    --1 is a kind of change, alteration, modification
    Antonyms: increase
    --1 has particulars:
     shrinking, shrinkage; casualty; sinking; attrition; dwindling, dwindling away; waning
    Derived forms: verb decrease2, verb decrease1
  2. decrease, decrement - a process of becoming smaller or shorter
    --2 is a kind of process
    Antonyms: increase, increment, growth
    --2 has particulars:
     decay, decline; decline, diminution; desensitization, desensitisation; narrowing; slippage; wastage
    Derived form: verb decrease1
  3. decrease, decrement - the amount by which something decreases
    --3 is a kind of amount
    Antonyms: increase, increment
    --3 has particulars: drop, dip, fall, free fall; shrinkage
    Derived form: verb decrease1
  4. decrease, diminution, reduction, step-down - the act of decreasing or reducing something
    --4 is a kind of change of magnitude
    Antonyms: increase, step-up
    --4 has particulars:
     cut; moderation; lowering; cutback; devaluation; devitalization, devitalisation; extenuation, mitigation, palliation; easing, easement, alleviation, relief; de-escalation; minimization, minimisation; depletion; shortening; shrinking; subtraction, deduction; deflation; discount, price reduction, deduction; rollback; weakening; depreciation; contraction; reverse split, reverse stock split, split down; amortization, amortisation; declassification; tax shelter, shelter; tax credit
    Derived form: verb decrease1
Verb decrease has 2 senses
  1. decrease, diminish, lessen, fall - decrease in size, extent, or range; "The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester"; "The cabin pressure fell dramatically"; "her weight fall to under a hundred pounds"; "his voice fell to a whisper"
    --1 is one way to change magnitude
    Antonyms: increase
    Derived forms: noun decrease4, noun decrease3, noun decrease2, noun decrease1
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s
  2. decrease, lessen, minify - make smaller; "He decreased his staff"
    --2 is one way to change, alter, modify
    Antonyms: increase
    Derived form: noun decrease1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
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