A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (general)
a. decrease
La falta de lluvias provocó una merma importante en el nivel de agua de la represa.The lack of rain caused a significant decrease in the dam's water level.
b. reduction
Los usuarios recibieron complacidos la noticia de la merma en el precio de la gasolina.Customers were happy to hear the news of the reduction in gas prices.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. decrease, reduction
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(disminución) [de interés, ganancia] decrease; (al secarse) shrinkage; (pérdida) loss
sin merma de calidad without loss of quality; without compromising on quality; para que su honor no sufra merma so that his honour is not diminished
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