- 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 lessen
Cooperating with Assad is also the only feasible way, at present, to lessen the humanitarian nightmare in Syria.There’s Only One Way to Beat ISIS: Work With Assad and Iran
Leslie H. Gelb
October 18, 2014
We ask that you lessen her pain and therefore lessen the pain of all humanity.Hallucinating Away a Heroin Addiction
May 4, 2014
Each 6000kg sculpture is lowered to the seabed where it is drilled into the substrate to lessen the effects of turbulent weather.Artist Jason deCaires Taylor’s Underwater Sculptures Are a Sight to Sea
April 7, 2014
But getting cyclists to don a hard-shelled helmet, which can lessen the risks of serious injury, has been a global challenge.Helmet Haute Couture: The Invisible Helmet Revolutionizing Bike Safety
December 19, 2013
The company hopes the change will lessen the weight load for not only the pilots, but the planes.Airline Pilots Ditch Charts and Paperwork for iPads to Save Money and Fuel
June 28, 2013
You may think I say this to lessen your regard for the good woman.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
No, he could not—which admission did not lessen the glow on his cheek.
This increased his astonishment, and did not lessen the gloom on his face.
And that lurking vanity of the inferior to lessen his own inferiority did the rest.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
Suffice it that I have helped to lessen Kirk's horse by four of his rogues.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
- to make or become less
- (tr) to make little of
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Word Origin and History for lessen
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