decreaseverb [I or T]uk /dɪˈkriːs/ us /ˈdiː.kriːs/
- During the 1980s, the amount of ozone in the stratosphere above Europe decreased by about 8%.
- Total unemployment has decreased in the past year.
- The pop star's popularity decreased as he got older, which is only to be expected.
- The government proposed decreasing the annual expenditure on arms.
- To make the sleeve get narrower toward the cuff, you gradually decrease the number of stitches on your needle.
decreasenoun [C or U]uk us /ˈdiː.kriːs/
- There was a slight decrease in his weight after a week of dieting.
- Any decrease in tourism could have a serious effect on the local economy.
- The report's finding on the decrease in violent crime supports the police chief's claims.
- We have seen a marked decrease in the number of accidents since these safety measures were introduced.
- We've noticed a steady decrease in jobs available for new graduates in the industry.