Definition of lessen in English:

lessen

verb

  • Make or become less; diminish.

    with object ‘the years have lessened the gap in age between us’
    no object ‘the warmth of the afternoon lessened’
    • ‘Every time a battery is left to go completely flat it lessens its chances of taking full charge again, which is probably why the situation is getting worse.’
    • ‘As their powers wane and their visibility lessens, they are not forgotten.’
    • ‘An unwavering sense of purpose, or destiny, motivates many impostors, and even exposure rarely lessens this desire.’
    • ‘They diminish our humanity and, for that reason, they lessen our capacity for God.’
    • ‘The ambulance guys thanked me for being diligent and my anxiety about wasting their time was lessened.’
    • ‘When she takes an antihistamine the level of nasal fluid lessens.’
    • ‘None of which lessens their beauty or historical value.’
    • ‘In this way it lessens the shock of the fall, enabling it to survive unscathed.’
    • ‘When the conflict is so easily resolved, it lessens the tension and lowers the stakes of the story.’
    • ‘Also, some coaches are lessening the fall impact of injuries by scheduling spring practice earlier.’
    • ‘In fact, being part of the Greek community lessens the influence of such vices on impressionable young people.’
    • ‘The grieving process is typically slow, gradually winding along until it eventually lessens.’
    • ‘That makes me feel good, and also lessens my workload.’
    • ‘That terror is still in force, and the fact that it has faded from the headlines does not mean it has lessened.’
    • ‘This lessens their feelings of isolation and helplessness.’
    • ‘Keep in mind that once it rains, the crabs and fish will probably move more towards the entrance as the salt content upstream lessens.’
    • ‘Rainwater harvesting also lessens local erosion and flooding caused by impervious cover such as pavement and roof.’
    • ‘Whether the posturing turns into something good is a question of whether the culture of pressure on artists lessens.’
    • ‘This lessens my anxiety over the prospect that for many years to come I will be slaving away to meet my commitments to the bank.’
    • ‘Inhaling sandalwood oil lessens stress and can stop vomiting.’
    reduce, make less, minimize, make smaller, decrease
    grow less, get less, grow smaller, decrease, diminish, decline, subside, abate, moderate
    diminish, lower, reduce, minimize, degrade, discredit, devalue, belittle, humble
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Pronunciation

lessen

/ˈlɛs(ə)n//ˈles(ə)n/