Diminish Definition

dĭ-mĭnĭsh
diminished, diminishes, diminishing
verb
diminished, diminishes, diminishing
To make, or make seem, smaller; reduce in size, degree, importance, etc.; lessen.
Webster's New World
To detract from the authority, reputation, or prestige of.
American Heritage
To cause to taper.
Webster's New World
To become smaller or less.
Webster's New World
To reduce (a perfect or a minor interval) by a half step.
Webster's New World
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Origin of Diminish

  • Middle English diminishen blend of diminuen to lessen (from Old French diminuer) (from Latin dīminuere) (variant of dēminuere) (dē- de-) (minuere to lessen) minishen to reduce (from Old French minuiser) (from Vulgar Latin minūtiāre) (from Latin minūtia smallness) (from minūtus small) (from) (past participle of minuere) mei-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French diminuer.

    From Wiktionary

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