lightening (part of speech: verb)
detracting (part of speech: verb)
subtracting (part of speech: verb)
subtraction (part of speech: noun)
decreasing (part of speech: verb)
dying down, drooping, abating, abridging, decreasing, compressing, wearing down, truncating, shortening, drying up, draining, concentrating, slumping, compacting, wasting, running down, wearing away, receding, getting worse, weakening, sinking, fading away, falling away, lowering, eroding, going down, waning, softening, getting slower, diminishing, declining, quieting, contracting, losing spirit, slackening, plummeting, decaying, getting lower, losing momentum, growing less and less, wearing off, depleting, running low, abbreviating, shriveling up, decrementing, shrinking, slacking off, dropping, dying away, narrowing, in a slump, slowing, in reverse, wearing out, deducting, plunging, deflating, withering away, subsiding, sagging, dwindling, ebbing, curtailing, going back
diminishing (part of speech: verb)
alleviating (part of speech: verb)
- The mandatar would graciously yield a point whenever Father Leo, on behalf of the people, petitioned for a respite, or even for the lessening of an irksome tribute, assuring him that he was quite as anxious as himself to maintain the peace of the parish.
- He was awkward, and much embarrassed, and she certainly had no intention of lessening his embarrassment. - "The Eustace Diamonds", Anthony Trollope.
- Indeed, now and then a part of my lessening guineas obtained from these men a share of the supplies which the priest, and, I may add, certain gray- clad sisters, also brought; but this was rare. - "Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker", S. Weir Mitchell.