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, minimize, make smaller, decrease; 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
informal slashdecrease, diminish, decline, subside, abate, moderate; 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