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diminish (dɪˈmɪnɪʃ)
1.  to make or become smaller, fewer, or less
2.  (tr) architect to cause (a column, etc) to taper
3.  (tr) music to decrease (a minor or perfect interval) by a semitone
4.  to belittle or be belittled; reduce in authority, status, etc; depreciate
[C15: blend of diminuen to lessen (from Latin dēminuere to make smaller, from minuere to reduce) + archaic minish to lessen]

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