Synonyms of lessen in English:


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1‘exercise lessens the risk of coronary heart disease’


reduce, make less, minimize, make smaller, decrease

allay, assuage, alleviate, attenuate, palliate, ease, dull, deaden, blunt, take the edge off, moderate, mitigate, check, dampen, depress, soften, tone down, dilute, relax, mollify, temper, weaken, tame, erode

narrow, lower, discount

curtail, prune, pare down, truncate

informal slash


increase, magnify

2‘the pain in his chest began to lessen’


grow less, get less, grow smaller, decrease, diminish, decline, subside, abate, moderate

fade, die down, die off, let up, ease off, tail off, drop, drop away, drop off, fall, dwindle, taper off, peter out, come down, go down, shrink, contract

ebb, wane, erode, waste away, flag, attenuate, slacken, lighten, quieten, recede, relent, remit, desist

sink, slump, plummet

informal nosedive


increase, grow

3‘his behaviour lessened him in their eyes’


diminish, lower, reduce, minimize, degrade, discredit, devalue, belittle, humble


aggrandize, make more important