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English definition of “decrease”

decrease

verb   /dɪˈkris/ (present participle decreasing, past tense and past participle decreased)
B1 to become less, or to make something become less: Prices have decreased.
decrease noun B1 There has been a decrease in the number of violent crimes. → Opposite increase
(Definition of decrease verb from the Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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