What does diminish mean?

Definitions for diminish
dɪˈmɪn ɪʃdi·min·ish

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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"

Wiktionary

  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

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.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

How to pronounce diminish?

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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. Stendhal:

    To describe happiness is to diminish it.

  2. Steve Sprinkel:

    I think it's a great opportunity to diminish chemicals.

  3. Sam Manna:

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

  4. Thomas Traherne:

    More company increases happiness, but does not lighten or diminish misery.

  5. Sarah Goodman:

    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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  • 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
  • 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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