minish

[ min-ish ]
/ ˈmɪn ɪʃ /

verb (used with or without object) Archaic.

to diminish or lessen.

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Origin of minish

1300–50; late Middle English, variant (assimilated to -ish2) of menuse < Middle French menu(i)sier < Vulgar Latin *minūtiāre to lessen. See minute2, mince
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