Diminish meaning

dĭ-mĭnĭsh
Diminish is defined as to make something seem smaller or less important.

An example of diminish is to downplay the achievement of receiving a law degree from Harvard.

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(intransitive) To taper.
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To take away; to subtract.
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(music) To reduce a perfect or minor interval by a semitone.
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To make, or make seem, smaller; reduce in size, degree, importance, etc.; lessen.
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To make smaller.
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(intransitive) To become smaller.
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To become smaller or less.
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To lessen the authority or dignity of; to put down; to degrade; to abase; to weaken.
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(intransitive) To disappear gradually.
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To cause to taper.
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To reduce (a perfect or minor interval) by a semitone.
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To become smaller or less.
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To taper.
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To cause to taper.
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To reduce (a perfect or a minor interval) by a half step.
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To taper.
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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