lessened


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less·en

 (lĕs′ən)
v. less·ened, less·en·ing, less·ens
v.tr.
1. To make less; reduce. See Synonyms at decrease.
2. Archaic To make little of; belittle.
v.intr.
To become less; decrease: interest that lessened as the lecture continued.

[Middle English lessen, lessenen, from lesse, less; see less.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.lessened - impaired by diminution
impaired - diminished in strength, quality, or utility; "impaired eyesight"
2.lessened - decreased in severity; made less harsh
mitigated - made less severe or intense; "he gladly accepted the mitigated penalty"
References in classic literature ?
One day he met a friend, a Fuller, and entreated him to come and live with him, saying that they should be far better neighbors and that their housekeeping expenses would be lessened.
How Miss Crawford really felt, how she meant to act, or might act without or against her meaning; whether his importance to her were quite what it had been before the last separation; whether, if lessened, it were likely to lessen more, or to recover itself, were subjects for endless conjecture, and to be thought of on that day and many days to come, without producing any conclusion.
I am sometimes disposed to repent that I did not let Charles buy Vernon Castle, when we were obliged to sell it; but it was a trying circumstance, especially as the sale took place exactly at the time of his marriage; and everybody ought to respect the delicacy of those feelings which could not endure that my husband's dignity should be lessened by his younger brother's having possession of the family estate.
Anne's good-will, however, was not to be lessened by what she heard.
so much that of one who would love and cherish and defend her under any conditions, changes, charges, or revelations, that her gloom lessened as she basked in it.
Several changes of day and night passed, and the orb of night had greatly lessened, when I began to distinguish my sensations from each other.
The moon had disappeared from the night, and again, with a lessened form, showed itself, while I still remained in the forest.
It thanked the Princess most heartily for her goodness, and said that its sufferings had already been greatly lessened.
The green light, strangely enough, did not seem lessened by the surrounding starlight, but had a clearer effect and a deeper green.
Moreover, each species on the confines of its range, where it exists in lessened numbers, will, during fluctuations in the number of its enemies or of its prey, or in the seasons, be extremely liable to utter extermination; and thus its geographical range will come to be still more sharply defined.
On the 4th, however, the sea became more calm, and the storm lessened its violence; the wind veered southward, and was once more favourable.
KOC's operations had also lessened carbon emission by around one percent, said the official.