Lessen definition

lĕsən
(archaic) To belittle; minimize; disparage.
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To become less.
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To make less; reduce.
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(archaic) To make little of; belittle.
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To become less; decrease.

Interest that lessened as the lecture continued.

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To make less; decrease.
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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.

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To make less; to diminish; to reduce.
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(intransitive) To become less.
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Origin of lessen

  • Middle English lessen, lessenen from lesse less less

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