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.
allay, assuage, alleviate, attenuate, palliate, ease, dull, deaden, blunt, take the edge off, moderate, mitigate, check, dampen, depress, soften, tone down, dilute, relax, mollify, temper, weaken, tame, erode;
narrow, lower, discount;
curtail, prune, pare down, truncate
fade, die down/off, let up, ease off, tail off, drop, drop off/away, fall, dwindle, taper off, peter out, go/come down, shrink, contract;
ebb, wane, erode, waste away, flag, attenuate, slacken, lighten, quieten, recede, relent, remit, desist;
sink, slump, plummet
diminish, lower, reduce, minimize, degrade, discredit, devalue, belittle, humble