Definition of diminish
1 : to make less or cause to appear less <diminish an army's strength> <His role in the company was diminished.>
2 : to lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of : belittle <diminish a rival's accomplishments>
3 architecture : to cause to taper (see 3taper 1) <a diminished column>
1 : to become gradually less (as in size or importance) : dwindle <the side effects tend to diminish over time>
2 architecture : taper
diminishableplay \-ni-shə-bəl\ adjective
diminishmentplay \-mənt\ noun
Examples of diminish in a sentence
The strength of the army was greatly diminished by outbreaks of disease.
The drug's side effects should diminish over time.
Nothing could diminish the importance of his contributions.
Origin and Etymology 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
Synonym Discussion of diminish
DIMINISH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of diminish for English Language Learners
: 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
DIMINISH Defined for Kids
Definition of diminish for Students
1 : to make less or cause to seem less <… he didn't want to diminish any chance he might have of being found. — Gary Paulsen, Hatchet>
2 : belittle
3 : to become gradually less or smaller <The number of wild birds is diminishing.>
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