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
Expand verb - To make greater in size, amount, or number.
Usage example: we had to expand the list of wedding guests several times in order to accommodate all the relatives Mother wouldn't dream of excluding
Both words in one sentence
- He can both expand and decrease the size of the arena by using either ice magic (to expand it) or fire magic (to melt the ice).
Source: Pivotal Boss
- Why We Are Bummed Communism Fell: In the trailer for the film it's explicitly pointed out that Globotech decided to expand into the toy business due to the decrease in military hardware demand after the end of the Cold War.
Source: Film / Small Soldiers
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Expand and Decrease. (2016). Retrieved 2022, November 26, from https://thesaurus.plus/related/decrease/expand
Decrease & Expand. N.p., 2016. Web. 26 Nov. 2022. <https://thesaurus.plus/related/decrease/expand>.
Expand or Decrease. 2016. Accessed November 26, 2022. https://thesaurus.plus/related/decrease/expand.
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