lessen


less·en

verb \ˈle-sən\

: to become less or to cause (something) to become less

less·enedless·en·ing \ˈles-niŋ, ˈle-sən-iŋ\

Full Definition of LESSEN

intransitive verb
:  to shrink in size, number, or degree :  decrease
transitive verb
1
:  to reduce in size, extent, or degree
2
a archaic :  to represent as of little value
b :  to lower in status or dignity :  degrade

Examples of LESSEN

  1. Medication helps lessen the severity of the symptoms.
  2. <we lessened our efforts as it became clear they weren't having an effect>

First Known Use of LESSEN

13th century

Rhymes with LESSEN

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