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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

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.

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

Motherhood is priced Of God, at price no man may dare To lessen or misunderstand.
Helen Hunt Jackson
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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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