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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 ?
A second look showed her that the living eyes, under the bushy eyebrows, were kinder even than the painted ones, and there was a sly twinkle in them, which lessened her fear a good deal.
The rays of the sun were beginning to grow less fierce, and the intense heat of the day was lessened, as the cooler vapors of the springs and fountains rose above their leafy beds, and rested in the atmosphere.
This strange act was perfectly understood by the group, who knew that in that intensely dry heat the danger of exposure was lessened by active exercise and the profuse perspiration that followed it.
On this presumption, she stopped at noon at a neat farmhouse, to rest herself, and buy some dinner for her child and self; for, as the danger decreased with the distance, the supernatural tension of the nervous system lessened, and she found herself both weary and hungry.
He was a very ambitious boy, full of plans for his future, which he discussed quite freely with Rebecca, but when she broached the subject of her future his interest sensibly lessened.
The pain of his continued residence in Highbury, however, must certainly be lessened by his marriage.
as far as the shock of such a summons COULD be lessened to her, his presence, his manners, his assistance, would lessen it.
But the privations, or rather the hardships, of Lowood lessened.
The resemblance was not lessened by the accidental circumstance, that the mature Jerry bit and spat out straw, while the twinkling eyes of the youthful Jerry were as restlessly watchful of him as of everything else in Fleet-street.
Also, though they had changed masters, yet their burden was not lessened, for, as Chaka slew, so Dingaan slew also, and as Chaka oppressed, so did Dingaan oppress.
The nurseries for children of ordinary gentlemen, merchants, traders, and handicrafts, are managed proportionably after the same manner; only those designed for trades are put out apprentices at eleven years old, whereas those of persons of quality continue in their exercises till fifteen, which answers to twenty-one with us: but the confinement is gradually lessened for the last three years.
His joy at beholding her again was, however, somewhat lessened by seeing that the Prince of the Air was kneeling at her feet, and pleading his own cause.