verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
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Origin of lessen
OTHER WORDS FROM lessenun·less·ened, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH lessenlessen , lesson
Example sentences from the Web for lessen
The vaccine, which requires two shots spaced a month apart, may also lessen severity of the disease.New Pfizer results show its COVID-19 vaccine is nearly 95% effective|Tina Hesman Saey|November 18, 2020|Science News
It is less clear whether masks — by potentially stanching some, but not all, incoming viral particles — might also lessen the severity of illness.Wearing a mask isn’t just about protecting other people, the CDC says. It can help you — and might prevent lockdowns.|Ben Guarino, Lena H. Sun, Ariana Eunjung Cha|November 12, 2020|Washington Post
In other words, a high level of skill didn’t lessen the noise distraction.
NBCUniversal’s Peacock is now live on RokuThese moves by streaming services ultimately hurt Roku customers, so the option to stream content from a supported device, like an iPhone, would help lessen the blow.Roku rolls out AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to 4K devices|Sarah Perez|November 11, 2020|TechCrunch
Organic foods are more nutritious, having more antioxidants, and people with food allergies find their symptoms lessen if they eat only organic foods.
The value of the slave is everyday lessening; his burden on his master daily increasing.What Did Thomas Jefferson Really Think About Slavery?|Jan Ellen Lewis|October 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Now 72, she says she has been graced with great genes and is experiencing no lessening in her energy.Nancy Pelosi’s Tireless Obamacare Push Vindicated by Supreme Court Ruling|Eleanor Clift|July 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
While job losses per month may be lessening, there is a stunning dearth of new job creation.
The heat of drunkenness is the stumblingblock of the fool, lessening strength and causing wounds.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
He added that lessening clause, remembering, quite simply, how much more brilliant he was than Nigel.Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
She had never seemed more precious to him and for an instant he could feel his fear lessening a little.The Man from Time|Frank Belknap Long
Your agreeing to this will only immeasurably deepen, instead of lessening our inexpressible obligation.'Robin Redbreast|Mary Louisa Molesworth
What the result will be is uncertain; but to be thus braved by a scoundrel will be lessening the dignity of our government.