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 1taper 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.
Recent Examples of diminish from the Web
For pitchers, the win statistic may be an archaic measurement, one whose importance has diminished over the decades.
The special representative played a diminishing role in recent years as the Afghan war faded from the headlines.
Metro believes the emergence of Uber and Lyft, paired with cheap gas and laws allowing undocumented Californians to obtain drivers licenses, contribute to the diminishing riders.
However, the concerns for higher winds diminished for Alabama's coastline, and it was removed from a tropical storm warning that had been in effect.
Quantitative grades also diminish student interest in learning, reduce academic risk taking, and decrease the quality of thinking.
Babies born with congenital Zika syndrome often have severe microcephaly, diminished brain tissue and eye damage, as well as restricted joint movement and rigid muscle tone.
The Illinois Supreme Court ruled the changes violated a state constitution provision that benefits cannot be diminished.
Buprenorphine interacts with brain receptors affected by opioid drugs like heroin, helping diminish the effects of physical dependency to these drugs, such as withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
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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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