Definition of lessen in US 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’
    • ‘The grieving process is typically slow, gradually winding along until it eventually lessens.’
    • ‘An unwavering sense of purpose, or destiny, motivates many impostors, and even exposure rarely lessens this desire.’
    • ‘Also, some coaches are lessening the fall impact of injuries by scheduling spring practice earlier.’
    • ‘This lessens their feelings of isolation and helplessness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In fact, being part of the Greek community lessens the influence of such vices on impressionable young people.’
    • ‘They diminish our humanity and, for that reason, they lessen our capacity for God.’
    • ‘Inhaling sandalwood oil lessens stress and can stop vomiting.’
    • ‘In this way it lessens the shock of the fall, enabling it to survive unscathed.’
    • ‘When she takes an antihistamine the level of nasal fluid lessens.’
    • ‘As their powers wane and their visibility lessens, they are not forgotten.’
    • ‘That terror is still in force, and the fact that it has faded from the headlines does not mean it has lessened.’
    • ‘When the conflict is so easily resolved, it lessens the tension and lowers the stakes of the story.’
    • ‘The ambulance guys thanked me for being diligent and my anxiety about wasting their time was 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.’
    • ‘Whether the posturing turns into something good is a question of whether the culture of pressure on artists lessens.’
    • ‘Keep in mind that once it rains, the crabs and fish will probably move more towards the entrance as the salt content upstream lessens.’
    • ‘That makes me feel good, and also lessens my workload.’
    • ‘Rainwater harvesting also lessens local erosion and flooding caused by impervious cover such as pavement and roof.’
    • ‘None of which lessens their beauty or historical value.’
    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

/ˈles(ə)n//ˈlɛs(ə)n/