Make or become less; diminish: [with object]: the years have lessened the gap in age between us [no object]: the warmth of the afternoon lessened
More example sentences
- The ambulance guys thanked me for being diligent and my anxiety about wasting their time was lessened.
- They diminish our humanity and, for that reason, they lessen our capacity for God.
- As their powers wane and their visibility lessens, they are not forgotten.
reduce, make less/smaller, minimize, decrease;
allay, assuage, alleviate, attenuate, palliate, ease, dull, deaden, blunt, moderate, mitigate, dampen, soften, tone down, dilute, weaken
diminish, degrade, discredit, devalue, belittle