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diminish

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of diminish

  1. 1 to express scornfully one's low opinion of tends to diminish any rival's accomplishments with snide remarks Synonyms of diminish bad-mouth, belittle, cry down, denigrate, deprecate, depreciate, derogate, decry, dis (also diss) [slang], discount, dismiss, disparage, kiss off, minimize, play down, poor-mouth, put down, run down, talk down, trash, trash-talk, vilipend, write offWords Related to diminish discommend; abuse, scold; disapprove (of), dislike; censure, condemn, criticize, denounce, reprehend, reprobate; asperse, defame, malign, rip, slander, slur, traduce, vilify; discredit, disgraceNear Antonyms of diminish approve, countenance, endorse (also indorse), favor, recommend, sanction; commend, compliment, eulogizeAntonyms of diminish acclaim, applaud, exalt, extol (also extoll), glorify, laud, magnify, praise

  2. 2 to make smaller in amount, volume, or extent the state's blood supplies were severely diminished by the two consecutive disasters Synonyms of diminish abate, de-escalate, dent, deplete, decrease, downscale, downsize, drop, dwindle, ease, knock down, lessen, lower, reduceWords Related to diminish compress, condense, constrict, contract; abbreviate, abridge, clip, crop, curtail, cut, cut back, cut down, dock, nick, pare, prune, retrench, shorten, slash, trim, truncate, whittle; deflate, shrink; minimize; moderate, modify, modulate, qualifyNear Antonyms of diminish blow up, dilate, distend, inflate, swell; elongate, extend, lengthen, prolong, protract; add (to), complement, supplement; enhance, heighten, intensify; redoubleAntonyms of diminish aggrandize, amplify, augment, boost, enlarge, escalate, expand, increase, raise

  3. 3 to grow less in scope or intensity especially gradually the sound of the train diminished as our distance from it increased Synonyms of diminish abate, decline, de-escalate, die (away or down or out), decrease, drain (away), drop (off), dwindle, ease, ebb, fall, fall away, lessen, let up, lower, moderate, pall, phase down, ratchet (down) also rachet (down), recede, relent, remit, shrink, subside, taper, taper off, waneWords Related to diminish compress, condense, constrict, contract; evaporate, fade (away), fritter (away), give out, melt (away), peter (out), tail (off), vanish; slacken, slow (down); alleviate, relax; flag, sink, weaken; cave (in), collapse, deflateNear Antonyms of diminish appear, emerge, show up; blow up, distend, elongate, lengthenAntonyms of diminish accumulate, balloon, build, burgeon (also bourgeon), enlarge, escalate, expand, grow, increase, intensify, mount, mushroom, pick up, rise, snowball, soar, swell, wax

Synonym Discussion of diminish

decrease, lessen, diminish, reduce, abate, dwindle mean to grow or make less. decrease suggests a progressive decline in size, amount, numbers, or intensity.
    • slowly decreased the amount of pressure
lessen suggests a decline in amount rather than in number.
    • has been unable to lessen her debt
diminish emphasizes a perceptible loss and implies its subtraction from a total.
    • his visual acuity has diminished
reduce implies a bringing down or lowering.
    • you must reduce your caloric intake
abate implies a reducing of something excessive or oppressive in force or amount.
    • the storm abated
dwindle implies progressive lessening and is applied to things growing visibly smaller.
    • their provisions dwindled slowly


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