lessen

[ les-uh n ]
/ ˈlɛs ən /

verb (used without object)

to become less.

verb (used with object)

to make less; reduce.
Archaic. to represent as less; depreciate; disparage.

Nearby words

  1. lespedeza,
  2. lesquerella,
  3. less,
  4. less than,
  5. lessee,
  6. lesseps,
  7. lesser,
  8. lesser antilles,
  9. lesser ape,
  10. lesser bear

Origin of lessen

1300–50; late Middle English lessenen, lasnen (see less, -en1); replacing Middle English lessen

Related formsun·less·ened, adjective

Can be confusedlessen lesson

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British Dictionary definitions for lessened

lessen

/ (ˈlɛsən) /

verb

to make or become less
(tr) to make little of
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Word Origin and History for lessened

lessen

v.

"to become less," c.1300, from less + -en (1). Related: Lessened; lessening.

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