One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘pollution levels had been gradually decreasing’
lessen, become less, grow less, become smaller, grow smaller, reduce, drop, diminish, decline, dwindle, contract, shrink, fall off, die down
abate, subside, let up, tail off, ebb, wane, taper off, peter out, lighten
sink, slump, plummet, plunge
2‘you could exercise to decrease the amount of fat in your body’
reduce, lessen, make fewer, make less, lower, cut back, cut down, cut back on, cut down on, cut, curtail, contract, diminish, narrow, pare down, slim down, tone down, temper, weaken, deplete, minimize
1‘a decrease in crime’
reduction, drop, lessening, lowering, decline, falling off
letting up, slackening, downturn, cut, cutback, curtailment, diminution, contraction, shrinkage, ebb, wane, de-escalation
dying down, abatement
North American downtick
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