verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of diminish
Examples from the Web for diminish
He exploited a physique that most would try desperately to diminish.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Does government enhance or diminish the safety of the governed?
You diminish your power; you also diminish your ability to help the cause if you start doing every cause.The Political Passion of Robin Williams, From Reagan-Bashing to AIDS Prevention|Asawin Suebsaeng|August 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And yet that does not diminish the responsibilities you have to be better than those you oppose.
That comment is in line with previous Obama statements seeking to diminish the threat that Russia poses to the United States.Obama: Russia ‘Doesn’t Make Anything’ (Except for These Weapons He Buys)|Asawin Suebsaeng|August 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I looked behind the curtain and saw that the sides and bottom were cushioned to diminish the effect of jolting.Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life|Thomas Wallace Knox
The failure of my act will lessen the moral effect, and diminish its propagandistic value.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist|Alexander Berkman
Whether it is necessary to increase or diminish the present pay is not the question.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)|Thomas Hart Benton
At last the sickness began to diminish, and immediately the desire to see Anne revived in Henry's bosom.History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century, Volume V|J. H. Merle d'Aubigné
The recovery of Constantinople from the Latins in 1261 did not diminish Italian influence over the life of the city.Constantinople painted by Warwick Goble|Alexander Van Millingen
British Dictionary definitions for diminish
Word Origin for diminish
Word Origin and History for diminish
early 15c., from merger of two obsolete verbs, diminue and minish. Diminue is from Old French diminuer "make small," from Latin diminuere "break into small pieces," variant of deminuere "lessen, diminish," from de- "completely" + minuere "make small" (see minus).
Minish is from Old French menuisier, from Latin minuere. Related: Diminished; diminishes; diminishing.