- to become less.
- to make less; reduce.
- Archaic. to represent as less; depreciate; disparage.
Origin of lessen
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Examples from the Web for lessening
Now 72, she says she has been graced with great genes and is experiencing no lessening in her energy.Nancy Pelosi’s Tireless Obamacare Push Vindicated by Supreme Court Ruling
July 4, 2012
While job losses per month may be lessening, there is a stunning dearth of new job creation.How to Get America Back to Work
January 10, 2010
There was no lessening of the expression of certainty on the young man's face.
There was no lessening of the bride's composure as she replied, with a little shrug.
I never thought of lessening the distance betwixt us, I am sure.Little Dorrit
It will, in fact, rather accomplish the opposite, apart from lessening employment.War Taxation
Otto H. Kahn
And ever, it seemed to me from the answers that I got, was I lessening the distance that separated us.The Strolling Saint
- to make or become less
- (tr) to make little of
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Word Origin and History for lessening
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