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diminish

diminish

verb di·min·ish \də-ˈmi-nish\

: to become or to cause (something) to become less in size, importance, etc.

: to lessen the authority or reputation of (someone or something) : to describe (something) as having little value or importance

Full Definition of DIMINISH

transitive verb
1
:  to make less or cause to appear less <diminish an army's strength>
2
:  to lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of :  belittle <diminish a rival's accomplishments>
3
:  to cause to taper
intransitive verb
1
:  to become gradually less (as in size or importance) :  dwindle
2
:  taper
di·min·ish·able \-ni-shə-bəl\ adjective
di·min·ish·ment \-mənt\ noun

Examples of DIMINISH

  1. The strength of the army was greatly diminished by outbreaks of disease.
  2. The drug's side effects should diminish over time.
  3. Nothing could diminish the importance of his contributions.

Origin of DIMINISH

Middle English deminishen, alteration of diminuen, from Anglo-French diminuer, from Late Latin diminuere, alteration of Latin deminuere, from de- + minuere to lessen — more at minor
First Known Use: 15th century

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