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Definition of Lessen


  1. To make less; to reduce; to make smaller, or fewer; to diminish; to lower; to degrade; as, to lessen a kingdom, or a population; to lessen speed, rank, fortune.
  2. To become less; to shrink; to contract; to decrease; to be diminished; as, the apparent magnitude of objects lessens as we recede from them; his care, or his wealth, lessened.
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Lessen Translations

lessen in Afrikaans is verminder
lessen in Dutch is inkorten, verminderen
lessen in French is rapetisser
lessen in German is vermindern, verkleinern
lessen in Italian is rimpicciolire
lessen in Latin is redigo (redactum)
lessen in Norwegian is minke, minske, avta
lessen in Portuguese is diminua
lessen in Spanish is minorar, achicar
lessen in Swedish is minska