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lessen

[les-uh n] /ˈlɛs ən/
verb (used without object)
1.
to become less.
verb (used with object)
2.
to make less; reduce.
3.
Archaic. to represent as less; depreciate; disparage.
Origin
late Middle English
1300-1350
1300-50; late Middle English lessenen, lasnen (see less, -en1); replacing Middle English lessen
Related forms
unlessened, adjective
Can be confused
lessen, lesson.
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Examples from the web for lessened
  • They also designed the dome's interior as a series of recessed panels, which lessened the amount of concrete needed.
  • The degree to which people want to do the harder treks has lessened dramatically.
  • His art is not lessened by being honest about his science, and his early political use of twisted science.
  • Third and fourth are marked by a lessened capacity to function in a number of bodily activities.
  • These distressing feelings were in no way lessened by the fact that the movie was so unbelievably funny.
  • Right now, many smart skippers are keeping a weather eye on the slackening storm of lessened winter demand.
  • They have lessened-in fact, almost destroyed-our hopes of a quiet and happy future.
  • In fact the whole tendency to dualism that pervades human thinking may be found to be lessened, or changed.
  • My preparation time this semester was radically lessened by having the opportunity to reteach a couple of courses.
  • However as twitter in conferences becomes more frequent this perception will be lessened.
British Dictionary definitions for lessened

lessen

/ˈlɛsən/
verb
1.
to make or become less
2.
(transitive) to make little of
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Word Origin and History for lessened

lessen

v.

"to become less," c.1300, from less + -en (1). Related: Lessened; lessening.

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