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English verb: diminish

1. diminish (change) decrease in size, extent, or range

SamplesThe amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester.
The cabin pressure fell dramatically.
Her weight fell to under a hundred pounds.
His voice fell to a whisper.

Synonymsdecrease, fall, lessen

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change magnitude

Narrower (hyponym)abate, boil down, break, break, concentrate, contract, de-escalate, decelerate, decline, decoct, decrescendo, deflate, depreciate, devaluate, devalue, die away, drop off, dwindle, dwindle away, dwindle down, ease off, ease up, flag, fly, go down, let up, reduce, remit, retard, shorten, shrink, shrink, shrink, shrivel, shrivel, shrivel up, slack, slack off, slacken off, slow, slow down, slow up, taper, thin out, undervalue, vanish, vaporize, wane, wane, wane, weaken, wither


2. diminish (change) lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of

SamplesDon't belittle your colleagues.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)decrease, lessen, minify

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