HyperDic: lessen

English > 3 senses of the word lessen:
VERBchangelessen, decrease, diminish, falldecrease in size, extent, or range
changelessen, decrease, minifymake smaller
changelessen, subsidewear off or die down
lessen > pronunciation
RhymesAachen ... Zukerman: 2572 rhymes with ahn...
English > lessen: 3 senses > verb 1, change
Meaningdecrease in size, extent, or range.
PatternSomething ----s
Synonymsdecrease, diminish, fall
Entailed byscale downReduce proportionally
Narrowerabate, let up, slack off, slack, die awayBecome less in amount or intensity
boil down, reduce, decoct, concentrateBe cooked until very little liquid / liquid is left
breakdiminish or discontinue abruptly
breakfall sharply
de-escalatediminish in size, scope, or intensity
decelerate, slow, slow down, slow up, retardLose velocity
decline, go down, waneGrow smaller
decrescendoGrow quieter
deflateBecome deflated or flaccid, as by losing air
depreciate, undervalue, devaluate, devalueLose in value
drop offfall or diminish
dwindle, dwindle away, dwindle downBecome smaller or lose substance
ease up, ease off, slacken off, flagBecome less intense
remitdiminish or abate
shortenBecome short or shorter
shrink, contractBecome smaller or draw together
shrink, shriveldecrease in size, range, or extent
shrivel, shrivel up, shrink, witherwither, as with a loss of moisture
taperdiminish gradually
thin outBecome sparser
vanish, fly, vaporizedecrease rapidly and disappear
waneBecome smaller
wanedecrease in phase
weakenBecome weaker
Broaderchange magnitudechange in size or magnitude
OppositeincreaseBecome bigger or greater in amount
Spanishconsumirse, desmoronarse, disminuir, menguar, mermar, reducirse
Catalanatenuar, disminuir, esmorteir, minorar, mitigar, rebaixar, reduir, remetre
English > lessen: 3 senses > verb 2, change
Meaningmake smaller.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Synonymsdecrease, minify
Narrowerabridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduceReduce in scope while retaining essential elements
cutHave a reducing effect
de-escalate, weaken, step downReduce the level or intensity or size or scope of
diminish, belittlelessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of
limit, circumscribe, confine torestrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a day"
minimize, minimisemake small or insignificant
mitigatemake less severe or harsh
pare, pare downdecrease gradually or bit by bit
reduce, cut down, cut back, trim, trim down, trim back, cut, bring downcut down on
reduce, boil down, concentratecook until very little liquid / liquid is left
shrink, reduceReduce in size
slack, slacken, slack up, relaxmake less active or fast
slake, abate, slackmake less active / active / active or intense
suppressReduce the incidence or severity of or stop
turn down, lower, lourmake lower or quieter
Broaderchange, alter, modifyCause to change
Oppositeincreasemake bigger or more
Spanishdecrecer, disminuir, menguar, mermar, reducir
Catalandecréixer, disminuir, reduir
English > lessen: 3 senses > verb 3, change
MeaningWear off or die down.
PatternSomething ----s
BroaderweakenBecome weaker
Spanishatenuar, disminuir, menguar
Catalanatenuar, disminuir, minvar

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