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"decrease" in British English

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decreaseverb [I or T]

uk   /dɪˈkriːs/ us   /ˈdiː.kriːs/
B1 to become less, or to make something become less: Our share of the market has decreased sharply this year. We have decreased our involvement in children's books.
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decreasenoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈdiː.kriːs/ us   /ˈdiː.kriːs/
(Definition of decrease from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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decreaseverb [I/T]

us   /dɪˈkris, ˈdi·kris/
to become smaller or make something less: [I] Car sales decreased sharply this year.
decrease
noun [C] us   /ˈdi·kris, dɪˈkris/
I haven’t noticed any decrease in ticket sales.
(Definition of decrease from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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decreaseverb [I or T]

uk   /dɪˈkriːs/ us  
to become less, or to make something become less: decrease in value/price/amount When an investment increases or decreases in value but we do not sell it, we record an unrealized gain or loss.decrease by 10%/10 points, etc. The country's total exports decreased by 6% in 2009. The company has introduced various strategies to decrease production costs. decrease significantly/dramatically/rapidly decrease gradually/slightly/slowly

decreasenoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈdiːkriːs/ us  
the process of something becoming less, or the amount by which something becomes less: Florida is not the only state to experience decreases in revenues.a decrease of 10%/10 points, etc. Sales were $640 million for the quarter, a decrease of 11%. a marked/significant/dramatic decrease a slight/gradual/steady decrease
(Definition of decrease from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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