Definition of Lessen

1. Verb. Decrease in size, extent, or range. "His voice fell to a whisper"

2. Verb. Make smaller. "He decreased his staff"

3. Verb. Wear off or die down. "The water lessens "; "The pain subsided"
Exact synonyms: Subside
Generic synonyms: Weaken
Derivative terms: Subsidence

Definition of Lessen

1. v. t. To make less; to reduce; to make smaller, or fewer; to diminish; to lower; to degrade; as, to lessen a kingdom, or a population; to lessen speed, rank, fortune.

2. v. i. To become less; to shrink; to contract; to decrease; to be diminished; as, the apparent magnitude of objects lessens as we recede from them; his care, or his wealth, lessened.

Definition of Lessen

1. Verb. (transitive) To make less; to diminish; to reduce. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To become less. ¹

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Definition of Lessen

1. to make or become less [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Lessen

lesquerolic acid
less and less
less is more
less than
less than three
less than threed
less than threeing
less than threes
lessen (current term)
lesser alar cartilages
lesser anteater
lesser ape
lesser arterial circle of iris
lesser bilby

Literary usage of Lessen

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1. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"... commonly means the lessening of the royal power, and acts which lessen the ... need was rather to strengthen the royal power than to lessen it. ..."

2. The Confessions of Jean Jacques Rousseau by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1901)
"... and quitted it before I was irrevocably lost. took in them, their company became so troublesome that I was obliged to lessen the familiarity. ..."

3. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"... member of the Company, he has such a right, but this docs not, necessarily, increase with aa increase of stock, 22 WALL. or lessen with its diminution. ..."

4. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1922)
"However, this rule (as to buying in the nearest available market; is based solely upon the ground that the buyer must lessen the seller's loss as much as ..."

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