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"

Wiktionary

  1. diminishverb

    To make smaller.

    Etymology: From diminuer.

  2. diminishverb

    To become smaller.

    Etymology: From diminuer.

  3. diminishverb

    To taper.

    Etymology: From diminuer.

  4. diminishverb

    To disappear gradually.

    Etymology: From diminuer.

  5. diminishverb

    To reduce a perfect or minor interval by a semitone.

    Etymology: From diminuer.

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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Numerology

  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. Stanley Weiss:

    We expect that at some time it will help diminish the spread of COVID-19, based on the assumptions that persons who are infected and recover will have protective immunity, however, with SARS, data suggested protective immunity was of limited duration. Thus, the precise temporal dynamics may prove very important. For example, there could be recurrent waves. We hope with COVID-19, but do not yet know that they wont become re-infected.

  2. Jonny Fine:

    When polling data starts to come out after the conventions and through the summer weeks, that will potentially diminish risk taking in the market place - likely as we move into later September, that's why we will see robust issuance in the next two to three weeks, as many issuers want to avoid being in the midst of a potentially volatile September or October.

  3. Anomymous:

    As we become spiritually enlightened and technologically advanced, the role of sex and gender can only diminish. Sex will be a thing of dark ages

  4. Hal Gavzie:

    Right now is probably when you'll get the best deals you're going to find, once we are able to show apartments in New York, the inventory will diminish and there will be more competition.

  5. James Mattis:

    He aims to diminish the appeal of the Western democratic model and attempts to undermine America's moral authority. His actions are designed not to challenge our arms at this point but to undercut and compromise our belief in our ideals.

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Translations for diminish

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  • خسArabic
  • намалявам, заострям, отслабвамBulgarian
  • zmenšitCzech
  • reduzieren, schrumpfen, verringern, vermindern, abschwächen, verkleinern, schmällernGerman
  • plimalgrandiĝi, malgrandiĝi, mallarĝiĝi, maldikiĝiEsperanto
  • diminuir, disminuirSpanish
  • kaventua, pienentyä, pienentääFinnish
  • rapetisser, rétrécir, réduire, amincir, diminuerFrench
  • घटानाHindi
  • պակասելArmenian
  • diminutarIdo
  • ridurre, diminuireItalian
  • 減少するJapanese
  • diminuo, dēdūcō, minuoLatin
  • sumažintiLithuanian
  • samazinātLatvian
  • whakamimitiMāori
  • verminderen, afnemen, verkleinen, verlagenDutch
  • diminuirPortuguese
  • huch'uiyachiy, huch'uiyay, chikachay, asllayachiyQuechua
  • уме́ньшиться, уменьша́ть, уме́ньшить, уменьша́тьсяRussian
  • minskaSwedish
  • azaltmakTurkish

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