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The definition of lessen is to diminish or to cause something to be diminished or reduced.
When you take pain pills and they reduce pain, this is an example of a situation where the pills lessen the pain.
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
- to make less; decrease
- Archaic to belittle; minimize; disparage
to become less
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, less·ens verb, transitive
- To make less; reduce.
- Archaic To make little of; belittle.
To become less; decrease. See Synonyms at decrease
Origin: Middle English lessen, lessenen, from lesse, less; see less .