Decrease and Enlarge


Decrease verb - To make smaller in amount, volume, or extent.
Usage example: workers decreased the volume of water flowing through the pipes in order to prevent an overflow

Enlarge is an antonym for decrease in topics: reduce, grow less or make less.

Nearby Words: decreased, decreasing, decrement, decremented


Enlarge verb - To become greater in extent, volume, amount, or number.
Usage example: as the number of people with cell phones enlarges, more transmission towers will have to be built

Decrease is an antonym for enlarge in topics: expand, increase.

Nearby Words: enlargement, enlarging, enlarger

Common collocations

reputation decrease reputation enlarge reputation
size decrease size enlarge size
times decrease times enlarge times
enemies decrease enemies enlarge enemies
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Enlarge or Decrease. 2016. Accessed November 28, 2022.
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