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noun [countable/uncountable] British English pronunciation: decrease /ˈdiːkriːs/ 
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singulardecrease
pluraldecreases
 

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  1. the process of becoming less, or the amount by which something is less
    decrease in:

    a decrease in the number of violent crimes

    decrease of:

    Profits were £1 million, which is a decrease of 5 per cent on last year.

 

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