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English verb: lessen

1. lessen (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, diminish, fall


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


Antonymsincrease

2. lessen (change) make smaller


SamplesHe decreased his staff.


Synonymsdecrease, minify


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


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)abate, abbreviate, abridge, belittle, boil down, bring down, circumscribe, concentrate, confine, contract, cut, cut, cut, cut back, cut down, de-escalate, diminish, foreshorten, limit, lour, lower, minimise, minimize, mitigate, pare, pare down, reduce, reduce, reduce, reduce, relax, shorten, shrink, slack, slack, slack up, slacken, slake, step down, suppress, trim, trim back, trim down, turn down, weaken


Antonymsincrease

3. lessen (change) wear off or die down


SamplesThe pain subsided.


Synonymssubside


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)weaken









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