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di·min·ish

 (dĭ-mĭn′ĭsh)
v. di·min·ished, di·min·ish·ing, di·min·ish·es
v.tr.
1.
a. To make smaller or less; reduce or lessen. See Synonyms at decrease.
b. To detract from the authority, reputation, or prestige of: "Her upper-class perfection ... somehow diminished me" (Shirley Abbott).
2. To cause to taper.
3. Music To reduce (a perfect or minor interval) by a semitone.
v.intr.
1. To become smaller or less.
2. To taper.

[Middle English diminishen, blend of diminuen, to lessen (from Old French diminuer, from Latin dīminuere, variant of dēminuere : dē-, de- + minuere, to lessen) and minishen, to reduce (from Old French minuiser, from Vulgar Latin *minūtiāre, from Latin minūtia, smallness, from minūtus, small, from past participle of minuere); see mei- in Indo-European roots.]

di·min′ish·a·ble adj.
di·min′ish·ment n.

diminishing

(dɪˈmɪnɪʃɪŋ)
adj
becoming smaller, fewer, or less
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.diminishing - becoming smaller or less or appearing to do so; "diminishing returns"; "his diminishing respect for her"
decreasing - becoming less or smaller
Translations

diminishing

[dɪˈmɪnɪʃɪŋ] ADJ [number] → decreciente, cada vez menor; [value, resources, funds] → cada vez menor, cada vez más reducido; [strength] → cada vez menor
the law of diminishing returnsla ley de rendimiento decreciente
References in classic literature ?
The head of the family sat in the foreground, and beyond him extended a sharply receding and diminishing row of sons; facing him sat his wife, and beyond her extended a low row of diminishing daughters.
The days went on, and Miranda grew stronger and stronger; her will seemed unassailable, and before long she could be moved into a chair by the window, her dominant thought being to arrive at such a condition of improvement that the doctor need not call more than once a week, instead of daily; thereby diminishing the bill, that was mount- ing to such a terrifying sum that it haunted her thoughts by day and dreams by night.
Heathcliff paused and wiped his forehead; his hair clung to it, wet with perspiration; his eyes were fixed on the red embers of the fire, the brows not contracted, but raised next the temples; diminishing the grim aspect of his countenance, but imparting a peculiar look of trouble, and a painful appearance of mental tension towards one absorbing subject.
The valet had put her away from the door, the carriage had broken into a brisk trot, the postilions had quickened the pace, she was left far behind, and Monseigneur, again escorted by the Furies, was rapidly diminishing the league or two of distance that remained between him and his chateau.
He also carried his small triangular shield, broad enough at the top to protect the breast, and from thence diminishing to a point.
But it was full; and Jane, much against her will, had to get into the coach, considerably diminishing the space left for Miss Wilson, to whom Smilash had returned.
The diseases they were subject to still continue, without increasing or diminishing.
But the sand hill only drove the pond a little farther away, and its waters seemed to increase instead of diminishing.
Bell unquestionably suggested it in his famous patent, when he wrote of "increasing and diminishing the resistance.
For examples of the second sort of lineage, that began with greatness and maintains it still without adding to it, there are the many princes who have inherited the dignity, and maintain themselves in their inheritance, without increasing or diminishing it, keeping peacefully within the limits of their states.
That is to say, by paving the way for more extensive and more destructive crises, and by diminishing the means whereby crises are prevented.
The violence of subterranean force is ever diminishing.