- 1Make or become less: [with object]: a tax whose purpose is to diminish spending [no object]: the pain will gradually diminishMore example sentences
decrease, lessen, decline, reduce, subside, die down, abate, dwindle, fade, slacken off, moderate, let up, ebb, wane, recede, die away/out, peter out• archaic remitreduce, decrease, lessen, curtail, cut, cut down/back, constrict, restrict, limit, curb, check; weaken, blunt, erode, undermine, sap
- The propensity for people enriched by capital gains to borrow and spend is gradually diminishing.
- The agrarian sector of the economy is gradually diminishing as the service sector assumes prominence.
- The itching usually diminishes gradually and eventually stops after complete wound healing.
- 1.1 [with object] Make (someone or something) seem less impressive or valuable: the trial has aged and diminished himMore example sentences
- This lack of comprehensiveness in no way diminishes the valuable contribution made by this fine book.
- At Lynn the right of any member of the community to attend at least the more important assemblies was not diminished by the constitutional compromise of 1420.
- The wardens complained that the plan has effectively smeared them and diminished their status.
(the law of) diminishing returns
- Used to refer to a point at which the level of profits or benefits gained is less than the amount of money or energy invested.More example sentences
- The basis for the argument is the law of diminishing returns: As increasing amounts of a variable input are added, the returns per unit become less and less.
- The quest for perfect information demands the highest investment of time and money and ignores the law of diminishing returns.
- However, because of the law of diminishing returns, the way we've spent money on politics will change.
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- That case comprises two major portions such that the length of the case is not diminishable during transportation.
- True teachings have their foundation in Sacred Scripture and are understood to be neither diminishable nor reversible.
- This was definitely the crux of the pitch as the difficulties were stiff, but always seemed to be diminishable with thoughtful bridging and careful footwork.
late Middle English: blend of archaic minish 'diminish' (based on Latin minutia 'smallness') and obsolete diminue 'speak disparagingly' (based on Latin deminuere 'lessen' (in late Latin diminuere), from minuere 'make small').