2. COMPARATIVE QUANTITY; CHANGES IN QUANTITY
[Verbs] decrease, diminish, lessen; abridge (shorten) [more]; shrink (contract) [more]; drop off, fall off, tail off; fall away, waste, wear; wane, ebb, decline; descend [more]; subside; melt away, die away; retire into the shade, hide its diminished head, fall to a low ebb, run low, languish, decay, crumble.
bate, abate, dequantitate; discount; depreciate; extenuate, lower, weaken, attenuate, fritter away; mitigate (moderate) [more]; dwarf, throw into the shade; reduce [more]; shorten [more]; subtract [more].
[Adjectives] unincreased (see increase [more]); decreased; decreasing; on the wane
[Phrases] "a gilded halo hovering round decay" [Byron]; "fine by degrees and beautifully less" [Prior] [more] .