What does lessen mean?

Definitions for lessen
ˈlɛs ənlessen

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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.


  1. lessen

    Lessines (French pronunciation: [lɛsin] (listen); Dutch: Lessen, Dutch pronunciation: [ˈlɛsə(n)] (listen); Picard: Lissene, Walloon: Lissene) is a city and municipality of Wallonia located in the province of Hainaut, Belgium. As of the 2014 census, The municipality's total population was 18,637. The total area is 72.29 km² (27.91 square miles) which gives a population density of 247 inhabitants per km². The municipality consists of the following districts: Bois-de-Lessines, Deux-Acren, Ghoy, Lessines, Ogy, Ollignies, Papignies, and Wannebecq. Lessines is a municipality of Picardy Wallonia. It is primarily known as the birthplace of the Surrealist painter René Magritte (1898 – 1967).

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.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Lessen is ranked #93125 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Lessen surname appeared 197 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Lessen.

    95.4% or 188 total occurrences were White.

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. Susan Collins:

    My fervent hope is that Judge Kavanaugh will work to lessen the divisions in The Supreme Court so we have far fewer 5-4 decisions and so that public confidence in our judiciary and our highest court is restored.

  2. Andrew Ginther:

    The indictment does not lessen the pain of his tragic death for Mr. Hill’s loved ones, but it is a step towards justice.

  3. Thomas Jefferson:

    My views and feelings (are) in favor of the abolition of war--and I hope it is practicable, by improving the mind and morals of society, to lessen the disposition to war; but of its abolition I despair.

  4. John Mafi:

    And when they can identify all the different triggers in their life, they can make active changes that actually prevent headaches from starting, which could actually lessen the need for more tests, medications and even doctor visits.

  5. Jonathan Miller:

    I knew the officer, she knew me, so I figured if I let her know that these are my guests, you know, kind of lessen the tension.

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Translations for lessen

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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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