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"
lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of
"don't belittle your colleagues"
To make smaller.
To become smaller.
To disappear gradually.
To reduce a perfect or minor interval by a semitone.
Origin: From diminuer.
to make smaller in any manner; to reduce in bulk or amount; to lessen; -- opposed to augment or increase
to lessen the authority or dignity of; to put down; to degrade; to abase; to weaken
to make smaller by a half step; to make (an interval) less than minor; as, a diminished seventh
to take away; to subtract
to become or appear less or smaller; to lessen; as, the apparent size of an object diminishes as we recede from it
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
di-min′ish, v.t. to make less: to take a part from: to degrade.—v.i. to grow or appear less: to subside.—adj. Dimin′ishable.—p.adj. Dimin′ished, made smaller, humbled: (mus.) lessened by a half-step, as an interval.—adv. Dimin′ishingly. [Coined by adding di to the word minish, an imitation of L. diminuĕre—di = dis, apart, minuĕre, to make less.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'diminish' in Verbs Frequency: #903
The numerical value of diminish in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of diminish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I think it's a great opportunity to diminish chemicals.
When we look upon others for happiness we diminish our very existance as individuals.
You don’t diminish your office by taking a selfie. You do it by sending a poorly written letter to Iran.
When you chip away at protections for the press, you diminish their ability to do their constitutionally protected job.
To conceal ignorance is to increase it. An honest confession of it, however, gives ground for the hope that it will diminish some day or the other.
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Translations for diminish
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- намалявам, заострям, отслабвамBulgarian
- reduzieren, schrumpfen, verringern, vermindern, abschwächen, verkleinern, schmällernGerman
- plimalgrandiĝi, malgrandiĝi, mallarĝiĝi, maldikiĝiEsperanto
- diminuir, disminuirSpanish
- kaventua, pienentyä, pienentääFinnish
- rapetisser, rétrécir, réduire, amincir, diminuerFrench
- ridurre, diminuireItalian
- diminuo, dēdūcō, minuoLatin
- verminderen, afnemen, verkleinen, verlagenDutch
- huch'uiyachiy, huch'uiyay, chikachay, asllayachiyQuechua
- уме́ньшиться, уменьша́ть, уме́ньшить, уменьша́тьсяRussian
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