- 1Make or become less: [with object]: the new law is expected to diminish the government’s chances [no object]: the pain will gradually diminishMore example sentences
decrease, decline, reduce, lessen, shrink, contract, grow smaller, fall off, drop off, slacken off; fall, drop, sink, slump, plummet, plunge• informal hit the floor, go through the floor, go downhillreduce, curtail, cut, cut down, cut back, prune, pare down, lessen, lower, decrease, shrink, contract, narrow, constrict, restrict, limit, curb, check, blunt; weaken, make weaker, erode, undermine, sapsubside, wane, abate, dwindle, fade, decline, slacken, moderate, ebb, recede, die away, die down, die out, peter out, tail off, cool off, let up, fizzle out, settle down, come to an end• archaic remit
- 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] Cause to seem less impressive or valuable: the trial has aged and diminished himMore example sentences
belittle, disparage, denigrate, deprecate, depreciate, devalue, demean, decry, cast aspersions on, speak ill of, speak badly of, run down, abuse, insult, revile, malign, vilify; North American slur
- 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').