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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 ​ourinvolvement in children's ​books.
Opposite

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decreasenoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈdiː.kriːs/
B1 a ​reduction: There has been a ​steady decrease in the ​number of ​visitors. I haven't ​noticed much decrease ininterest.

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(Definition of decrease from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"decrease" in American English

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decreaseverb [I/T]

 us   /dɪˈkris, ˈdi·kris/
to ​becomesmaller 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 ​ticketsales.
(Definition of decrease from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"decrease" in Business English

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decreaseverb [I or T]

uk   us   /dɪˈkriːs/
to become less, or to make something become less: decrease in value/price/amount When an ​investmentincreases 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 ​totalexports decreased by 6% in 2009. The ​company has ​introduced various ​strategies to decrease ​productioncosts. decrease significantly/dramatically/rapidly decrease gradually/slightly/slowly

decreasenoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈdiːkriːs/
the ​process of something becoming less, or the ​amount by which something becomes less: Florida is not the only ​state to ​experience decreases inrevenues.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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