Definition of diminish :
1. To become or appear less or smaller; to lessen; as, the apparent size of an object diminishes as we recede from it.
2. To lessen the authority or dignity of; to put down; to degrade; to abase; to weaken.
3. To make smaller by a half step; to make ( an interval) less than minor; as, a diminished seventh.
4. To make smaller in any manner; to reduce in bulk or amount; to lessen; - opposed to augment or increase.
5. To take away; to subtract.
flow, return, mitigate, accrue, ebb, pass, denigrate, light, fall down, moderate, shine, hang, fall, settle, come down, pick at, go down, precipitate, come, let up, increase, strike, rebate, minify, descend, decline, devolve, wane
curtail (part of speech: verb)
diminish (part of speech: verb)
subtract (part of speech: verb)
detract (part of speech: verb)
cheapen (part of speech: verb)
blunt (part of speech: verb)
lessen (part of speech: verb)
decrease (part of speech: verb)
decrease, lessen, drain, deduct, abate, dwindle, deplete, decrement, concentrate, compress, shrink, recede, erode, truncate, abridge, contract, deflate, curtail, lower, subside, shorten, compact, abbreviate, die down
discount (part of speech: verb)
- The ladies addressed me simultaneously, one of them, I believe, asking me what I meant by it and the other demanding how dared I, which had the sole effect of adding to my bewilderment, nor did the words of Cousin Egbert diminish this. - "Ruggles of Red Gap", Harry Leon Wilson.
- This change in her seemed to grow, rather than diminish. - "Foul Play", Charles Reade Dion Boucicault.
- That they possess by virtue of their sovereign power within their own limits in as full a manner before as after the purchase of the Indian lands; nor can this Government add to or diminish it. - "Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present", Various.