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lessen Line breaks: less¦en
Pronunciation: /ˈlɛs(ə)n/

Definition of lessen in English:


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;
narrow, lower, discount;
curtail, prune, pare down, truncate
informal slash
grow less, get less, grow smaller, decrease, 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
informal nosedive
diminish, lower, reduce, minimize, degrade, discredit, devalue, belittle, humble

Words that rhyme with lessen

Bresson, delicatessen, Essen, lesson
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