Definition of lessen
- The pain will lessen over time.
- lessen tensions between nations
Medication helps lessen the severity of the symptoms.
we lessened our efforts as it became clear they weren't having an effect
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abate, de-escalate, decline, decrease, die (away or down or out), diminish, drain (away), drop (off), dwindle, ease, ebb, fall, fall away, let up, lower, moderate, pall, phase down, ratchet (down) also rachet (down) , recede, relent, remit, shrink, subside, taper, taper off, wane;
: to become less or to cause (something) to become less
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