Definition of lessen
lesseningplay \ˈles-niŋ, ˈle-sən-iŋ\
Examples of lessen in a Sentence
Medication helps lessen the severity of the symptoms.
we lessened our efforts as it became clear they weren't having an effect
Recent Examples of lessen from the Web
More than 30 community members will serve on a task force charged with recommending ways the city of Birmingham can lessen the negative effects of gentrification on its neighborhoods.
Removing the husk lessens the cooking time, but some think that drys it out.
Patients can be treated with medication for headaches and to lessen how the body responds to the parasite, the CDC says.
McDonnell acknowledged the staggering expectations that had been heaped upon his program, expectations not lessened but in fact compounded by the defeats of recent years.
He and others also emphasize helmet use because of evidence — such as these studies — that when a crash does happen, helmets lessen the chance of death or serious injury.
The plan indicated that spending on Medicaid will decline less swiftly than under the House Republican bill, lessening the blow to hospitals in the near term.
The prepaid label is an attempt to lessen the hassle of generating one, the norm with Amazon returns.
These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong.
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First Known Use of lessen
Synonym Discussion of lessen
LESSEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lessen for English Language Learners
: to become less or to cause (something) to become less
LESSEN Defined for Kids
Definition of lessen for Students
: to make or become fewer or smaller in amount
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