DECREASE, v.i. L. To grow. To become less; to be diminished gradually, in extent, bulk, quantity, or amount, or in strength, quality, or excellence; as, the days decrease in length from June to December.
He must increase, but I must decrease. John iii.
DECREASE, v.t. To lessen; to make smaller in dimensions, amount, quality or excellence, &c; to diminish gradually or by small deductions; as, extravagance decreases the means of charity; every payment decreases a debt; intemperance decreases the strength and powers of life.
1. A becoming less; gradual diminution; decay; as a decrease of revenue; a decrease of strength.
2. The wane of the moon; the gradual diminution of the visible face of the moon from the full to the change.
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