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Definition of lessen:

  1. To become less; to shrink; to contract; to decrease; to be diminished; as, the apparent magnitude of objects lessens as we recede from them; his care, or his wealth, lessened.
  2. To make less; to reduce; to make smaller, or fewer; to diminish; to lower; to degrade; as, to lessen a kingdom, or a population; to lessen speed, rank, fortune.


go down, shine, devolve, peter, fall down, precipitate, come, strike, descend, comfort, accrue, pass, come down, decline, rebate, minify, hang, tail away, settle, diminish, light, fall, return, belittle, flow, ebb, subside, increase, decrease, sink, let up.

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