Antonyms of noun increase

4 of 5 senses of increase

Sense 2
increase -- (a change resulting in an increase; "the increase is scheduled for next month")
       Antonym of decrease (Sense 1)
      => decrease, lessening, drop-off -- (a change downward; "there was a decrease in his temperature as the fever subsided"; "there was a sharp drop-off in sales")

Sense 3
increase, increment, growth -- (a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important; "the increase in unemployment"; "the growth of population")
       Antonym of decrease (Sense 2)
      => decrease, decrement -- (a process of becoming smaller or shorter)

Sense 4
increase, increment -- (the amount by which something increases; "they proposed an increase of 15 percent in the fare")
       Antonym of decrease (Sense 3)
      => decrease, decrement -- (the amount by which something decreases)

Sense 5
increase, step-up -- (the act of increasing something; "he gave me an increase in salary")
       Antonym of decrease (Sense 4)
      => decrease, diminution, reduction, step-down -- (the act of decreasing or reducing something)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun increase

5 senses of increase

Sense 1
addition, increase, gain -- (a quantity that is added; "there was an addition to property taxes this year"; "they recorded the cattle's gain in weight over a period of weeks")
       => indefinite quantity -- (an estimated quantity)

Sense 2
increase -- (a change resulting in an increase; "the increase is scheduled for next month")
       => change, alteration, modification -- (an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another; "the change was intended to increase sales"; "this storm is certainly a change for the worse"; "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago")

Sense 3
increase, increment, growth -- (a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important; "the increase in unemployment"; "the growth of population")
       => process, physical process -- (a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states; "events now in process"; "the process of calcification begins later for boys than for girls")

Sense 4
increase, increment -- (the amount by which something increases; "they proposed an increase of 15 percent in the fare")
       => amount -- (the relative magnitude of something with reference to a criterion; "an adequate amount of food for four people")

Sense 5
increase, step-up -- (the act of increasing something; "he gave me an increase in salary")
       => change of magnitude -- (the act of changing the amount or size of something)

Antonyms of verb increase

2 senses of increase

Sense 1
increase -- (become bigger or greater in amount; "The amount of work increased")
       Antonym of decrease (Sense 1)
      => decrease, diminish, lessen, fall -- (decrease in size, extent, or range; "The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester"; "The cabin pressure fell dramatically"; "her weight fell to under a hundred pounds"; "his voice fell to a whisper")

Sense 2
increase -- (make bigger or more; "The boss finally increased her salary"; "The university increased the number of students it admitted")
       Antonym of decrease (Sense 2)
      => decrease, lessen, minify -- (make smaller; "He decreased his staff")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb increase

2 senses of increase

Sense 1
increase -- (become bigger or greater in amount; "The amount of work increased")
       => change magnitude -- (change in size or magnitude)

Sense 2
increase -- (make bigger or more; "The boss finally increased her salary"; "The university increased the number of students it admitted")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

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