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lessening


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Lessen  \Less"en\  (l[e^]s"'n),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Lessened} 
  (-'nd);  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Lessening}.]  [From  {Less},  a.] 
  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. 
 
  Charity  .  .  .  shall  lessen  his  punishment.  --Calamy. 
 
  St  Paul  chose  to  magnify  his  office  when  ill  men 
  conspired  to  lessen  it  --Atterbury. 
 
  Syn:  To  diminish;  reduce;  abate;  decrease;  lower;  impair; 
  weaken;  degrade. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  lessening 
  adj  :  becoming  less  in  dimension  or  degree;  "the  lessening 
  distance  between  us" 
  n  :  a  change  downward;  "there  was  a  sharp  drop-off  in  sales" 
  [syn:  {decrease},  {drop-off}]  [ant:  {increase}] 




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