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Definition 1: decrease in size, extent, or range - [verb of change]

Samples where lessen or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester
  • The cabin pressure fell dramatically
  • her weight fell to under a hundred pounds
  • his voice fell to a whisper

Synonyms for lessen in the sense of this definition

(lessen is a kind of ...) change in size or magnitude

(... is a kind of lessen ) diminish or discontinue abruptly

"The patient's fever broke last night"

(... is a kind of lessen ) become smaller or lose substance

"Her savings dwindled down"

(... is a kind of lessen ) diminish or abate

"The pain finally remitted"

(... is a kind of lessen ) diminish in size, scope, or intensity

"The war of words between them de-escalated with time"

(... is a kind of lessen ) lose in value

"The dollar depreciated again"

(... is a kind of lessen ) become short or shorter

"In winter, the days shorten"

(... is a kind of lessen ) become sparser

"Towards the end of town, the houses thinned out"

(... is a kind of lessen ) grow smaller

"Interest in the project waned"

(... is a kind of lessen ) decrease in phase

"the moon is waning"

(... is a kind of lessen ) become smaller

"Interest in his novels waned"

(... is a kind of lessen ) lose velocity; move more slowly

"The car decelerated"

(... is a kind of lessen ) become deflated or flaccid, as by losing air

"The balloons deflated"

(... is a kind of lessen ) become less in amount or intensity

"The storm abated" "The rain let up after a few hours"

(... is a kind of lessen ) decrease in size, range, or extent

"His earnings shrank" "My courage shrivelled when I saw the task before me"

(... is a kind of lessen ) diminish gradually

"Interested tapered off"

(... is a kind of lessen ) fall or diminish

"The number of students in this course dropped off after the first test"

(... is a kind of lessen ) decrease rapidly and disappear

"the money vanished in las Vegas" "all my stock assets have vaporized"

(... is a kind of lessen ) fall sharply

"stock prices broke"

(... is a kind of lessen ) become less intense

(... is a kind of lessen ) become weaker

"The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days"

(... is a kind of lessen ) be cooked until very little liquid is left

"The sauce should reduce to one cup"

(... is a kind of lessen ) become smaller or draw together

"The fabric shrank" "The balloon shrank"

(... is a kind of lessen ) wither, as with a loss of moisture

"The fruit dried and shriveled"

(... is a kind of lessen ) grow quieter

"The music decrescendoes here"

Definition 2: wear off or die down - [verb of change]

Samples where lessen or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The pain subsided

Synonyms for lessen in the sense of this definition

(lessen is a kind of ...) become weaker

"The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days"

Definition 3: make smaller - [verb of change]

Samples where lessen or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He decreased his staff

Synonyms for lessen in the sense of this definition

(lessen is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

(... is a kind of lessen ) make less active or fast

"He slackened his pace as he got tired" "Don't relax your efforts now"

(... is a kind of lessen ) have a reducing effect

"This cuts into my earnings"

(... is a kind of lessen ) cut down on; make a reduction in

"reduce your daily fat intake" "The employer wants to cut back health benefits"

(... is a kind of lessen ) make small or insignificant

"Let's minimize the risk"

(... is a kind of lessen ) reduce the level or intensity or size or scope of

"de-escalate a crisis"

(... is a kind of lessen ) make lower or quieter

"turn down the volume of a radio"

(... is a kind of lessen ) make less active or intense

(... is a kind of lessen ) reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

"The manuscript must be shortened"

(... is a kind of lessen ) reduce in size; reduce physically

"Hot water will shrink the sweater" "Can you shrink this image?"

(... is a kind of lessen ) cook until very little liquid is left

"The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time"

(... is a kind of lessen ) restrict or confine within limits

"I limit you to two visits to the pub a day" "please confine your questions to the topic" "our actions are circumscribed by our biology, personality, and by the social and cultural context into which we are born"

(... is a kind of lessen ) decrease gradually or bit by bit

(... is a kind of lessen ) make less severe or harsh

"mitigating circumstances"

(... is a kind of lessen ) lessen to the point of stopping

"suppress a yawn" "this drug can suppress the hemorrhage"

(... is a kind of lessen ) lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of

"don't belittle your colleagues"

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