lessening

lessen

[les-uhn]
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:
1300–50; late Middle English lessenen, lasnen (see less, -en1); replacing Middle English lessen

unlessened, adjective

lessen, lesson.
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lessen (ˈlɛsən)
 
vb
1.  to make or become less
2.  (tr) to make little of

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lessen
"to become less," c.1300, from less (q.v.). Related: Lessened; lessening.
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