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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.

Lessen Quotations

Honestly, I'd love to be remembered as one of the best to ever pick up a mic, but if I'm doing my part to lessen some racial tension I feel good about what I'm doing.

Scientists have been warning about global warming for decades. It's too late to stop it now, but we can lessen its severity and impacts.
David Suzuki

No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth.
Robert Southey

The point of Jesus' existence wasn't to lessen or diminish our appreciation of each other, but to expand our appreciation of each other by reminding us what lies within all of us, because Jesus was an example of the pinnacle of human evolution.
Marianne Williamson

As civilisation advances, the deities lessen in number, the divine powers become concentrated more and more in one Being, and God rules over the whole earth, maketh the clouds his chariot, and reigns above the waterfloods as a king.
Annie Besant
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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
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