Ways to Talk about DECREASING in English

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To decrease something means to make something smaller in volume, size, number, value, etc. “Decrease” can be both a verb and a noun.

  • The temperature was decreasing as it was getting dark. (verb)
  • They reported a decrease in traffic accidents in the previous month. (noun)

Let’s look at some commonly used collocations using the word “decrease”.

  • There’s been a significant decrease in the number of schoolchildren in the village.
  • The level of water in the lake decreased by 10 per cent.
  • The water content in the jar decreased slightly during the night.
  • You should gradually decrease the amount of selenium you’re taking.

Here is the list of the words and phrases you can use to talk about decreasing. 

  • Decline
  • Diminish
  • Fall/drop
  • Plunge / plummet
  • Reduce
  • Bring down
  • Lower
  • Cut
  • Dwindle


Meaning: to decrease, a formal word we use when writing reports and similar or at presentations, especially with numbers and amounts. 

  • The number of tourists visiting the place has declined by 10 per cent in the previous period.
  • After the coronavirus pandemic, prices have gone to high heaven and the standard of living has declined.
  • The population of the village is steadily declining.


Meaning: to become smaller in number, quantity, amount, etc. It is usually used with numbers and amounts. You can also use it to say that something has become weaker.

  • The number of deer in the national park has diminished from 5000 to 500 in the past decade.
  • Although he couldn’t forget her, Albert’s feelings for Mira have diminished and become less painful.


Meaning: to decrease, especially if we are talking about large amounts.

  • The temperature dropped by 10 degrees compared to yesterday.
  • There were more than 10,000 stray dogs living in the city but their number dropped to 1,000 in the past decade.


Meaning: to decrease suddenly and quickly and in a large amount.

  • The company recorded a plunge in profit during the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • The production is reduced significantly because of the plunge in demand.
  • Prices of real estate have plummeted recently.


Meaning: to make something smaller in number, size, amount, etc.

  • After a month of dieting, Samantha managed to reduce her weight by 5 pounds.
  • The ticket prices were reduced by 20 per cent.
  • Careful driving will reduce the number of accidents.

Bring down

Meaning: to reduce the level, price, etc. 

  • We are planning to buy plane tickets when they bring down the prices.
  • We brought down our cost of living by cooking meals at home.
  • She took a Panadol to bring down the temperature.


Meaning: to reduce the amount, quantity, level, etc. It is more formal than bring down.

  • They used the drug to lower blood pressure.
  • The prices of computers were lowered by 5 per cent at the sale.
  • Monica told her husband to lower his voice because the baby was sleeping.


Meaning; to reduce something by a large amount.

  • The new trains will cut the time of travelling significantly.
  • The company decided to cut the working week to 32 hours and start the weekend on Thursday.
  • Molly decided to cut sweets completely from her diet.


Meaning: to decrease something gradually. It is also used to say that something is becoming less important, less popular, etc.

  • The number of fish has dwindled in the past five years.
  • Due to his extravagance, his fortune dwindled completely.
  • After the incident, his popularity dwindled and finally, everyone forgot about him.
Ways to Talk about DECREASING in English
Ways to Talk about DECREASING in English
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