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lessen

verb

1 lessen

Decrease in size, extent, or range.

synonyms: decrease, diminish, fall.

Roget 36: decrease, diminish, lessen; abridge etc. (shorten) 201; shrink etc. (contract) 195; drop off, fall off, tail off; ... show more

Roget 174: be moderate etc. adj.; keep within bounds, keep within compass; sober down, settle down; keep the peace, remit, relent, take in sail.    moderate, soften, mitigate, ... show more

Roget 195: become small, become smaller; lessen, decrease etc. 36; grow less, dwindle, shrink, contract, narrow, shrivel, collapse, wither, ... show more

Dutch: achteruitlopen, afnemen, minderen, slabakken, teruglopen, verminderen



2 lessen

Make smaller.

synonyms: decrease, minify.

Dutch: afnemen, verminderen

3 lessen

Wear off or die down.

synonym: subside.


Moby thesaurus: abate, ablate, abrade, abridge, abstract, allay, alleviate, allow for, amputate, anesthetize, appease, assuage, attemper, bank the fire, bate, be eaten away, benumb, blunt, chasten, clip ... show more.

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