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
The majority of James's points came when other defenders guarded him, and Durant's long arms even served to close off passing lanes, lessening the impact James could make with his typically sublime passing.
The problem has been lessened by the decision of banks, large retailers and some email systems to encrypt communications with their websites, but much of the internet still doesn’t have that protection.
The government has been trying (and failing) to lessen the dependence on the identifiers for nearly half a century.
Gallagher is one of several residents who came to an Aurora City Council meeting recently to tell their noisy stories to aldermen in the hope something could be done to lessen the noise and make life along the roadway a little safer.
Trollers are doing better than the shore anglers, but shore pressure has lessened greatly.
Maassen told reporters in Berlin the threat posed by Islamic extremists hasn’t lessened and authorities now believe there are 10,000 adherents of Salafist ideology — a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam — in Germany alone.
What's more, former councilman Oliver Thomas sought Saturday to reject the impression that life behind bars could ever lessen criminality.
Some research has indicated that reducing blood pressure lessens the symptoms of the disease.
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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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