less·enedless·en·ing \ˈles-niŋ, ˈle-sən-iŋ\
: to shrink in size, number, or degree : decrease
: to reduce in size, extent, or degree
a archaic : to represent as of little value
b : to lower in status or dignity : degrade
Examples of LESSEN
- Medication helps lessen the severity of the symptoms.
- <we lessened our efforts as it became clear they weren't having an effect>
First Known Use of LESSEN
Related to LESSEN
- abate, de-escalate, dent, deplete, diminish, downscale, downsize, drop, dwindle, ease, knock down, decrease, lower, reduce
- aggrandize, amplify, augment, boost, enlarge, escalate, expand, increase, raise
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