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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


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


3. lessen (change) wear off or die down

SamplesThe pain subsided.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)weaken

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