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decrease

  

      vb  
1    to diminish or cause to diminish in size, number, strength, etc.  
      n  
2    the act or process of diminishing; reduction  
3    the amount by which something has been diminished  
     (C14: from Old French descreistre, from Latin decrescere to grow less, from de- + crescere to grow)  
  decreasingly      adv  
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decrease

  
1   
      vb   abate, contract, curtail, cut down, decline, diminish, drop, dwindle, ease, fall off, lessen, lower, peter out, reduce, shrink, slacken, subside, wane  
2   
      n   abatement, contraction, cutback, decline, diminution, downturn, dwindling, ebb, falling off, lessening, loss, reduction, shrinkage, subsidence  
  
Antonyms     
,       vb   enlarge, expand, extend, increase  
      n   expansion, extension, growth  

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exp.
to take OR turn OR bring something down a notch means to decrease its intensity
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