Definition of diminish in English:


Line breaks: di¦min|ish
Pronunciation: /dɪˈmɪnɪʃ



(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.
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  • 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').

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