When something goes down, it decreases.

These sentences show how "decrease" can be used as a verb:

  • The temperature decreased a few degrees in the last hour.
  • Sales at that store are decreasing.
  • Interest rates are decreasing.
  • The number of students at that school has been decreasing.
  • The company needs to decrease the amount of pressure it’s putting on the workers.


Earnings have have been decreasing lately.

In these sentences, "decrease" is a noun:

  • There has been a decrease in the temperature.
  • We noticed a decrease in his attendance.
  • If there’s a decrease in traffic, the state won’t have to build a new highway in this area.
  • The police say that a decrease in crime is due to their effort to get guns off the street.

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This page was first published on June 19, 2012. It was updated on February 4, 2016.