Definitions for diminishdɪˈmɪn ɪʃ

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word diminish

Random House Webster's College Dictionary

di•min•ish*dɪˈmɪn ɪʃ(v.t.)

  1. to make or cause to seem smaller, less, or less important; lessen; reduce.

  2. to reduce (a musical interval) by a half step less than a perfect or minor interval.

    Category: Music and Dance

  3. to detract from the authority, honor, stature, or reputation of; disparage.

  4. to give a tapering form:

    a diminished column.

    Category: Architecture

  5. (v.i.)to lessen; decrease.

* Syn: See decrease.

Origin of diminish:

1400–50; b. diminuen (< AF diminuer < ML dīminuere for L dēminuere to make smaller) and minishen, var. (assimilated to -ish2) of menusen < MF menu(i)sier < VL *minūtiāre; see mince


Princeton's WordNet

  1. decrease, diminish, lessen, fall(verb)

    decrease in size, extent, or range

    "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"

  2. diminish, belittle(verb)

    lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of

    "don't belittle your colleagues"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. diminish(verb)ɪˈmɪn ɪʃ

    to reduce or make lessen

    Over time his anger diminished.; Time has diminished the leader's power.


  1. diminish(Verb)

    To make smaller.

  2. diminish(Verb)

    To become smaller.

  3. diminish(Verb)

    To taper.

  4. diminish(Verb)

    To disappear gradually.

  5. diminish(Verb)

    To reduce a perfect or minor interval by a semitone.

  6. Origin: From diminuer.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Diminish(verb)

    to make smaller in any manner; to reduce in bulk or amount; to lessen; -- opposed to augment or increase

  2. Diminish(verb)

    to lessen the authority or dignity of; to put down; to degrade; to abase; to weaken

  3. Diminish(verb)

    to make smaller by a half step; to make (an interval) less than minor; as, a diminished seventh

  4. Diminish(verb)

    to take away; to subtract

  5. Diminish(verb)

    to become or appear less or smaller; to lessen; as, the apparent size of an object diminishes as we recede from it

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'diminish' in Verbs Frequency: #903

Translations for diminish

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to make or become less

Our supplies are diminishing rapidly.

Get even more translations for diminish »


Find a translation for the diminish definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these diminish definitions with the community:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"diminish." STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 20 Dec. 2014. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for diminish?

The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations

A Member Of The STANDS4 Network

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for diminish: