What does lessen mean?

Definitions for lessen
ˈlɛs ənlessen

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word lessen.

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. decrease, lessen, minifyverb

    make smaller

    "He decreased his staff"

  3. subside, lessenverb

    wear off or die down

    "The pain subsided"


  1. lessenverb

    To make less; to diminish; to reduce.

  2. lessenverb

    To become less.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Lessenverb

    Etymology: from less.

    Kings may give
    To beggars, and not lessen their own greatness. John Denham.

    Though charity alone will not make one happy in the other world, yet it shall lessen his punishment. Edmund Calamy, Serm.

    Collect into one sum as great a number as you please, this multitude, how great soever, lessens not one jot the power of adding to it, or brings him any nearer the end of the inexhaustible stock of number. John Locke.

    This thirst after fame betrays him into such indecencies as are a lessening to his reputation, and is looked upon as a weakness in the greatest characters. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    Nor are the pleasures which the brutal part of the creation enjoy, subject to be lessened by the uneasiness which arises from fancy. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    Who seeks
    To lessen thee, against his purpose serves
    To manifest the more thy might. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    St. Paul chose to magnify his office, when ill men conspired to lessen it. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

  2. To Lessenverb

    To grow less; to shrink; to be diminished.

    All government may be esteemed to grow strong or weak, as the general opinion in those that govern is seen to lessen or increase. William Temple.

    The objection lessens very much, and comes to no more than this, there was one witness of no good reputation. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lessenadjective

    to make less; to reduce; to make smaller, or fewer; to diminish; to lower; to degrade; as, to lessen a kingdom, or a population; to lessen speed, rank, fortune

  2. Lessenverb

    to become less; to shrink; to contract; to decrease; to be diminished; as, the apparent magnitude of objects lessens as we recede from them; his care, or his wealth, lessened

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lessen

    les′n, v.t. to make less, in any sense: to weaken: to degrade.—v.i. to become less, shrink.

Anagrams for lessen »

  1. lenses

  2. sensel

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lessen in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lessen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of lessen in a Sentence

  1. The Canadian government:

    The symptoms include dizziness, headaches and lack of ability to concentrate, amongst others, in some cases the symptoms have appeared to lessen in intensity, before reasserting themselves.

  2. James Lawler:

    This estimation is just that, an estimation, however it is based upon the best epidemiological modeling and opinion of experts in pandemics and respiratory viral disease. This estimation assumes no attempt to lessen the outbreak, so there is the potential for these numbers to be altered somewhat by following public health recommendations like social distancing, avoiding large gatherings and practicing good hand hygiene.

  3. Lawrence Yun:

    We see inventory beginning to tick up, which will lessen the intensity of multiple offers, much of the home sales growth is still occurring in the upper-end markets, while the mid - to lower-tier areas aren't seeing as much growth because there are still too few starter homes available.

  4. Olga Amato:

    I think that if this virus came to teach us something, it was to teach us that we need to lessen our differences, that empathy and solidarity will stay with us forever.

  5. United States:

    There's a lot of trade and economic flow between January Taiwan and The US as well as investment and trade with China, we have to make sure that we can lessen the impact of any kind of uncertainty on Taiwan's economy.

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  • намалявам, смалявам, смалявам сеBulgarian
  • zmenšit se, zmenšitCzech
  • lleihauWelsh
  • minuir, menoscabar, aminorar, menguar, reducir, disminuirSpanish
  • csökkent, kisebbít, kisebbedik, csökkenHungarian
  • պակասել, պակասեցնելArmenian
  • diminutarIdo
  • whakaiti, whakaharahara, whakamimiti, māwheMāori
  • reduzir, diminuir, [[reduzir]]-[[se]]Portuguese
  • уменьшить, уменьшаться, уменьшиться, уменьшатьRussian
  • minskaSwedish
  • зменшитиUkrainian

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