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.]
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
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.
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
Examples of diminish in a Sentence
To describe happiness is to diminish it.
I think it's a great opportunity to diminish chemicals.
This is a calculated propaganda trying to diminish our political momentum.
More company increases happiness, but does not lighten or diminish misery.
I don’t want to diminish the value of their art, but I can’t pay for that.
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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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