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LESSEN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does lessen mean? 

LESSEN (verb)
  The verb LESSEN has 3 senses:

1. decrease in size, extent, or range
2. make smaller
3. wear off or die down

  Familiarity information: LESSEN used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


LESSEN (verb)


Sense 1lessen [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Decrease in size, extent, or range

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

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 "lessen" is one way to...):

change magnitude (change in size or magnitude)

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

break (diminish or discontinue abruptly)

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)

decrescendo (grow quieter)

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

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)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 2lessen [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make smaller

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

minify; decrease; lessen

Context example:

He decreased his staff

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

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

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

de-escalate; step down; weaken (reduce the level or intensity or size or scope of)

minimise; minimize (make small or insignificant)

bring down; cut; cut back; cut down; reduce; trim; trim back; trim down (cut down on; make a reduction in)

cut (have a reducing effect)

relax; slack; slack up; slacken (make less active or fast)

lour; lower; turn down (make lower or quieter)

abate; slack; slake (make less active or intense)

abbreviate; abridge; contract; cut; foreshorten; reduce; shorten (reduce in scope while retaining essential elements)

reduce; shrink (reduce in size; reduce physically)

boil down; concentrate; reduce (cook until very little liquid is left)

circumscribe; confine; limit (restrict or confine,)

pare; pare down (decrease gradually or bit by bit)

mitigate (make less severe or harsh)

belittle; diminish (lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of)

Sentence frames:

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


Sense 3lessen [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Wear off or die down

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

subside; lessen

Context example:

The pain subsided

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

weaken (become weaker)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


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