decrease

Part of speech: verb

To diminish gradually; reduce.

Part of speech: noun

The act, process, or state of decreasing; the amount or degree of loss; diminution.

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Usage examples "decrease":

  1. To get direct proof of the decrease of the muscles concerned in closing the jaws or biting, would require a series of observations very difficult to make. - "Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I", Herbert Spencer.
  2. She tended me so carefully that as months went by, the Horror began to decrease and my soul to become calm again. - "Recalled to Life", Grant Allen.
  3. Prison life has made them anti- social beings, and the rigidly closed doors that meet them on their release are not likely to decrease their bitterness. - "Anarchism and Other Essays", Emma Goldman.