What does diminish mean?

Definitions for diminish
dɪˈmɪn ɪʃdi·min·ish

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. decrease, diminish, lessen, fallverb

    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, belittleverb

    lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of

    "don't belittle your colleagues"


  1. diminishverb

    To make smaller.

  2. diminishverb

    To become smaller.

  3. diminishverb

    To taper.

  4. diminishverb

    To disappear gradually.

  5. diminishverb

    To reduce a perfect or minor interval by a semitone.

  6. Etymology: From diminuer.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DIMINISHverb

    Etymology: diminuo, Latin.

    That we call good which is apt to cause or increase pleasure, or diminish pain in us. John Locke.

    Impiously they thought
    Thee to diminish, and from thee withdraw
    The number of thy worshippers. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    Nothing was diminished from the safety of the king by the imprisonment of the duke. John Hayward.

    Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall you diminish aught from it. Deut. iv. 2.

  2. To Diminishverb

    To grow less; to be impaired.

    What judgment I had increases rather than diminishes; and thoughts, such as they are, come crowding in so fast upon me, that my only difficulty is to chuse or to reject. Dryden.

    Crete’s ample fields diminish to our eye;
    Before the Boreal blasts the vessels fly. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.


  1. diminish

    Diminish means to make or become less, decrease in size, quantity, quality, or intensity, or reduce the importance or impact of something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Diminishverb

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

  2. Diminishverb

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

  3. Diminishverb

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

  4. Diminishverb

    to take away; to subtract

  5. Diminishverb

    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

  1. Diminish

    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. diminuĕredi = dis, apart, minuĕre, to make less.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. diminish

    In a military sense, means to decrease the front of a battalion; to adopt the columns of march, or manœuvre according to the obstructions and difficulties which it meets in advancing.

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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of diminish in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of diminish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of diminish in a Sentence

  1. Jesse Hurwitz:

    Combining these data with figures from the Labor Department's employment report suggests that labor market slack continues to diminish, on balance, the data suggest labor demand held up solidly at the beginning of the third quarter.

  2. Stephen Breyer:

    If the public sees judges as politicians in robes, its confidence in the courts and in the rule of law can only diminish, diminishing the court's power, including its power to act as a check on other branches, that authority, like the rule of law, depends on trust... that the court is guided by legal principle, not politics.

  3. Pat Toomey:

    The waivers simply diminish the burden of this terrible mandate on the refineries least able to afford it, and therefore allow them to continue doing business.

  4. Sam Manna:

    This is a calculated propaganda trying to diminish our political momentum.

  5. Brandon Sample:

    Bernard Madoff is a broken man, and had a lot of personal loss, that's not to diminish the impact of his crimes on his victims, but there are larger ideals at work when we consider whether to show compassion on someone in their final days.

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  • خسArabic
  • отслабвам, заострям, намалявамBulgarian
  • zmenšitCzech
  • vermindern, verringern, abschwächen, verkleinern, schrumpfen, reduzieren, schmällernGerman
  • maldikiĝi, malgrandiĝi, plimalgrandiĝi, mallarĝiĝiEsperanto
  • disminuir, diminuirSpanish
  • pienentää, pienentyä, kaventuaFinnish
  • diminuer, amincir, rapetisser, rétrécir, réduireFrench
  • घटानाHindi
  • պակասելArmenian
  • diminutarIdo
  • ridurre, diminuireItalian
  • 減少するJapanese
  • dēdūcō, diminuo, minuoLatin
  • sumažintiLithuanian
  • samazinātLatvian
  • whakamimitiMāori
  • verlagen, verkleinen, afnemen, verminderenDutch
  • diminuirPortuguese
  • huch'uiyay, chikachay, huch'uiyachiy, asllayachiyQuechua
  • уме́ньшиться, уменьша́ться, уме́ньшить, уменьша́тьRussian
  • minskaSwedish
  • azaltmakTurkish

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    used of men; markedly masculine in appearance or manner
    A elusive
    B appellative
    C aculeate
    D butch

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