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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

Punishment is not for revenge, but to lessen crime and reform the criminal.
Elizabeth Fry

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

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

An insuperable obstacle to rapid transit in Africa is the want of carriers, and as speed was the main object of the Expedition under my command, my duty was to lessen this difficulty as much as possible.
Henry Morton Stanley

To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.
Benjamin Franklin
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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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