Synonyms of 'decrease'
to make or become less in size, strength, or quantityPopulation growth is decreasing each year.
Temperatures can drop to freezing at night.
a declining birth rate
The burden will lessen if you ask someone for help.
Output fell last year and is expected to contract further this year.
They lowered the boat into the water.
The heavy snow had eased a little.
The vast forests have shrunk.
The threat of war has diminished.
Unemployment is rising again and retail buying has fallen off.
The factory's workforce has dwindled.
His interest in art to wane.
The pain had subsided during the night.
The storms soon abated.
The strike seemed to be petering out.
Inflationary pressures continued to slacken last month.
to make or become less in size, strength, or quantityThe medication is said to decrease the risk of heart attack.
Consumption is being reduced by 25 per cent.
The first priority is to cut costs.
The new measures will lower the risk.
As we move our bodies, our muscles contract and relax.
The stronger currency depressed sales.
They are hoping that she will be persuaded to moderate her views.
Her opponents believe that her authority has been fatally weakened.
diminish, , , ,
Federalism is intended to diminish the power of the central state.
The day surgery will help to shorten waiting lists.
It was a clear attempt to dilute black voting power.
The bright sunshine was impairing my vision.
Keep immunisations up to date to lessen the risk of serious illness.
NATO plans to curtail the number of troops being sent to the region.
The celebrations had to be curtailed because of bad weather.
The storm was winding down at long last.
a government programme to abate greenhouse gas emissions
I'm going to truncate the time I spend at work.
We don't abridge any of the stories we publish.
a lesseningThere has been a decrease in the number of young unemployed people.
a lessening of tension on the border
The first signs of economic decline became visible.
reduction, , , , ,
a future reduction in interest rates
`It's' is a contraction of `it is'.
the ebb of her creative powers
A 200-person cutback in staff was announced.
He supports the curtailment of military spending.
The president has accepted a diminution of his original powers.
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in the sense of abate
to make or become less strongThe storms soon abated.
in the sense of abate
to make or become less stronga government programme to abate greenhouse gas emissions
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