Synonyms of lessen in English:

lessen


See definition of lessen

verb

1‘exercise lessens the risk of coronary heart disease’

SYNONYMS

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

ANTONYMS

increase, magnify

2‘the pain in his chest began to lessen’

SYNONYMS

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

ANTONYMS

increase, grow

3‘his behaviour lessened him in their eyes’

SYNONYMS

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

ANTONYMS

aggrandize, make more important