verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of lessen
Examples from the Web for lessened
While fighting has lessened, Ukrainian soldiers continue to die in the country's southeast.
By Thursday night the shelling and Grad strikes had lessened.
That also lessened their worries, even though she had never left the country before.Sarai Sierra, American Slain in Istanbul, Was an Artist in the Making|Michael Daly|February 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Their qualms have not necessarily been lessened by at times impolitic and immature remarks.Chicago Teachers Union Blows Its Chance for a Deal|James Warren|September 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But when the candidates were named, the gap was lessened to just a two point GOP advantage, 45 to 43.
Even an undeniable loss resulted to the royal treasury, for in a few years the Indian tributes were lessened almost by half.
Perhaps his nervousness was not lessened by the glimpse he caught of Sam Hickeys face.The Battleship Boys at Sea|Frank Gee Patchin
But, no matter what is used, the liability to explosion is not lessened in any degree.
In the sequel, finding this tribute could not be paid, its amount was lessened by the admiral.
There was still a goodly difference between the two, but it was lessened.Armorel of Lyonesse|Walter Besant