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 Dictionary entry overview: What does diminish mean? 

  The verb DIMINISH has 2 senses:

1. decrease in size, extent, or range
2. lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of

  Familiarity information: DIMINISH used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1diminish [BACK TO TOP]


Decrease in size, extent, or range

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.


decrease; diminish; lessen; fall

Context examples:

The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester / The cabin pressure fell dramatically / her weight fall to under a hundred pounds / his voice fell to a whisper

Hypernyms (to "diminish" is one way to...):

change magnitude (change in size or magnitude)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "diminish"):

break (diminish or discontinue abruptly)

dwindle; dwindle away; dwindle down (become smaller or lose substance)

remit (diminish or abate)

de-escalate (diminish in size, scope, or intensity)

depreciate; devaluate; devalue; undervalue (lose in value)

shorten (become short or shorter)

thin out (become sparser)

decline; go down; wane (grow smaller)

wane (decrease in phase)

wane (become smaller)

decelerate; retard; slow; slow down; slow up (lose velocity; move more slowly)

deflate (become deflated or flaccid, as by losing air)

abate; die away; let up; slack; slack off (become less in amount or intensity)

shrink; shrivel (decrease in size, range, or extent)

taper (diminish gradually)

drop off (fall or diminish)

fly; vanish; vaporize (decrease rapidly and disappear)

break (fall sharply)

ease off; ease up; flag; slacken off (become less intense)

weaken (become weaker)

boil down; concentrate; decoct; reduce (be cooked until very little liquid is left)

contract; shrink (become smaller or draw together)

shrink; shrivel; shrivel up; wither (wither, as with a loss of moisture)

decrescendo (grow quieter)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s

Sense 2diminish [BACK TO TOP]


Lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.


diminish; belittle

Context example:

don't belittle your colleagues

Hypernyms (to "diminish" is one way to...):

decrease; lessen; minify (make smaller)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something

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