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Definition of LESSEN

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Lessen \Less"en\ (l[e^]s"'n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lessened} (-'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Lessening}.] [From {Less}, a.] To make less; to reduce; to make smaller, or fewer; to diminish; to lower; to degrade; as, to lessen a kingdom, or a population; to lessen speed, rank, fortune. [1913 Webster]

           Charity . . . shall lessen his punishment. --Calamy. [1913 Webster]

           St. Paul chose to magnify his office when ill men conspired to lessen it.                  --Atterbury.

     Syn: To diminish; reduce; abate; decrease; lower; impair; weaken; degrade. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Lessen \Less"en\, v. i.
     To become less; to shrink; to contract; to decrease; to be diminished; as, the apparent magnitude of objects lessens as we recede from them; his care, or his wealth, lessened. [1913 Webster]

           The objection lessens much, and comes to no more than this: there was one witness of no good reputation.
                                                    --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

161 Moby Thesaurus words for "lessen":
     abate, ablate, abrade, abridge, abstract, allay, alleviate, allow for, amputate, anesthetize, appease, assuage, attemper, bank the fire, bate, be eaten away, benumb, blunt, chasten, clip, close, color, compress, constrain, consume, consume away, control, corrode, crop, crumble, curtail, cushion, cut, cut back, cut down, damp, dampen, de-emphasize, deaden, deaden the pain, decline, decrease, deduct, deflate, deliquesce, depreciate, depress, derogate, detract, die away, diminish, disparage, dive, downgrade, downplay, drain, drop, drop off, dull, dwindle, ease, ease matters, eat away, ebb, erode, extenuate, extract, fall, fall away, fall off, file away, foment, give relief, gloss over, ignore, impair, keep within bounds, languish, lay, leach, lenify, let up, lighten, lower, lull, make allowance for, melt away, mince, minify, mitigate, moderate, modulate, mollify, numb, obtund, pad, palliate, pare, play down, plummet, plunge, poultice, pour balm into, pour oil on, purify, reduce, reduce the temperature, refine, relieve, remove, restrain, retrench, roll back, rub away, run low, sag, salve, scale down, shorten, shrink, simplify, sink, slacken, slake, slow down, slur over, smother, sober, sober down, soft-pedal, soften, soothe, step down, stifle, stupe, subduct, subdue, subside, subtract, suppress, tail off, take away, take from, tame, temper, thin, thin out, tone down, truncate, tune down, underplay, varnish, wane, waste, waste away, weaken, wear, wear away, weed, whitewash, withdraw

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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