One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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
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
3‘his behaviour lessened him in their eyes’
diminish, lower, reduce, minimize, degrade, discredit, devalue, belittle, humble
aggrandize, make more important
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.