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v. less·ened, less·en·ing, less·ens
1. To make less; reduce. See Synonyms at decrease.
2. Archaic To make little of; belittle.
To become less; decrease: interest that lessened as the lecture continued.
[Middle English lessen, lessenen, from lesse, less; see less.]
the action of making or becoming less
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|Noun||1.||lessening - a change downward; "there was a decrease in his temperature as the fever subsided"; "there was a sharp drop-off in sales"|
alteration, change, modification - an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another; "the change was intended to increase sales"; "this storm is certainly a change for the worse"; "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"
shrinkage, shrinking - process or result of becoming less or smaller; "the material lost 2 inches per yard in shrinkage"
casualty - a decrease of military personnel or equipment
sinking - a slow fall or decline (as for lack of strength); "after several hours of sinking an unexpected rally rescued the market"; "he could not control the sinking of his legs"
attrition - a wearing down to weaken or destroy; "a war of attrition"
dwindling, dwindling away - a becoming gradually less; "there is no greater sadness that the dwindling away of a family"
waning - a gradual decrease in magnitude or extent; "the waning of his enthusiasm was obvious"; "the waxing and waning of the moon"