- to become less.
- to make less; reduce.
- Archaic. to represent as less; depreciate; disparage.
Origin of lessen
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Related Wordsmitigate, dilute, erode, slacken, minimize, ease, shrink, impair, dwindle, decrease, abate, narrow, diminish, curtail, lighten, weaken, decline, cut, clip, taper
Examples from the Web for lessened
While fighting has lessened, Ukrainian soldiers continue to die in the country's southeast.Corruption Eats Away at Ukraine Military
October 21, 2014
By Thursday night the shelling and Grad strikes had lessened.Shakeup In the Ukraine Rebel High Command
August 15, 2014
None of it has lessened my belief in Zionism or the imperative of Israel as a home and sanctuary for Jews.Don’t Accuse Israel of Apartheid
July 17, 2014
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
February 5, 2013
Their qualms have not necessarily been lessened by at times impolitic and immature remarks.Chicago Teachers Union Blows Its Chance for a Deal
September 18, 2012
Its excitement was not lessened when he recognized Hamish Channing.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
And yet, since Peppina had been on the island the peace of the life there had been lessened.
His reluctance, his sense of fear, were lessened, nearly died away.
The heat did not seem to have lessened much with the going down of the sun.The Forbidden Trail
"I think Mr. Parasyte's conduct has lessened it," said Vallington.Breaking Away
- to make or become less
- (tr) to make little of
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Word Origin and History for lessened
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