diminish

[ dih-min-ish ]
/ dɪˈmɪn ɪʃ /

verb (used with object)

to make or cause to seem smaller, less, less important, etc.; lessen; reduce.
Architecture. to give (a column) a form tapering inward from bottom to top.
Music. to make (an interval) smaller by a chromatic half step than the corresponding perfect or minor interval.
to detract from the authority, honor, stature, or reputation of; disparage.

verb (used without object)

to lessen; decrease.

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Origin of diminish

1400–50; late Middle English; blend of diminuen (<Anglo-French diminuer<Medieval Latin dīminuere for Latin dēminuere to make smaller) and minishenminish

synonym study for diminish

5. See decrease.

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British Dictionary definitions for diminish

diminish
/ (dɪˈmɪnɪʃ) /

verb

to make or become smaller, fewer, or less
(tr) architect to cause (a column, etc) to taper
(tr) music to decrease (a minor or perfect interval) by a semitone
to belittle or be belittled; reduce in authority, status, etc; depreciate

Derived forms of diminish

diminishable, adjectivediminishingly, adverbdiminishment, noun

Word Origin for diminish

C15: blend of diminuen to lessen (from Latin dēminuere to make smaller, from minuere to reduce) + archaic minish to lessen
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