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lessen

[ les-uhn ]
/ ˈlɛs ən /
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verb (used without object)

to become less.

verb (used with object)

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

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Origin of lessen

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

OTHER WORDS FROM lessen

un·less·ened, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH lessen

lessen , lesson
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British Dictionary definitions for lessen

lessen
/ (ˈlɛsən) /

verb

to make or become less
(tr) to make little of
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