Decrease and Expand


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

Nearby Words: decreased, decreasing, decrement, decremented


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

Decrease is an antonym for expand in topics: make bigger, get bigger, turn, extend, go into detail.

Common collocations

capacity decrease capacity expand capacity
power decrease power expand power
number decrease number expand number
time decrease time expand time
Other words: size, numbers, abilities.

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
  • Film / Small Soldiers 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.
Cite this Source
Expand and Decrease. (2016). Retrieved 2022, November 26, from
Decrease & Expand. N.p., 2016. Web. 26 Nov. 2022. <>.
Expand or Decrease. 2016. Accessed November 26, 2022.
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