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verb American English pronunciation: decrease /dɪˈkris/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theydecrease
he/she/itdecreases
present participledecreasing
past tensedecreased
past participledecreased
 

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  1. [intransitive] to become less

    The number of people visiting the park has decreased significantly.

    Prices are expected to decrease by less than 1 percent this year.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to reduce something

      The new system decreases the risk to public health.

 

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