lessen

[ les-uhn ]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to become less.

verb (used with object)
  1. to make less; reduce.

  2. Archaic. to represent as less; depreciate; disparage.

Origin of lessen

1
First recorded in 1300–50; late Middle English lessenen, lasnen; equivalent to less + -en1

Other words from lessen

  • un·less·ened, adjective

Words that may be confused with lessen

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British Dictionary definitions for lessen

lessen

/ (ˈlɛsən) /


verb
  1. to make or become less

  2. (tr) to make little of

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