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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.]

lessening

(ˈlɛsənɪŋ)
n
the action of making or becoming less
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lessening - a change downwardlessening - 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"

lessening

Translations

lessening

[ˈlesnɪŋ] Ndisminución f, reducción f

lessening

nNachlassen nt (→ in sth +gen); lessening of valueWertabnahme f; a lessening in the rate of inflationein Rückgang mor eine Verringerung der Inflationsrate

lessening

[ˈlɛsnɪŋ] ndiminuzione f
References in classic literature ?
You don't find your fancy kind o' lessening for this chap, do you?
Partly from its peculiar colour, partly from a superstition which represented it as feeling the influence of the deity whom it adorned, and growing and lessening in lustre with the waxing and waning of the moon, it first gained the name by which it continues to be known in India to this day--the name of THE MOONSTONE.
When skimming was done--which, as the milk diminished with the approach of autumn, was a lessening process day by day--Retty and the rest went out.
We cannot doubt that each structure is of use to each kind of squirrel in its own country, by enabling it to escape birds or beasts of prey, or to collect food more quickly, or, as there is reason to believe, by lessening the danger from occasional falls.
They are an uncommonly handsome pair," he said, "and if they are as good as they look I am sure you need not wish for anything better; but I see you still hold that pet scheme of yours for worrying your horses and lessening their power.
Dashwood could penetrate, and at last, without saying a word, quitted the room, and walked out towards the village--leaving the others in the greatest astonishment and perplexity on a change in his situation, so wonderful and so sudden;--a perplexity which they had no means of lessening but by their own conjectures.
The ACCC takes the view that the proposed merger of these two large and close competitors will lessen competition, but because they chose to apply to the Tribunal, the ACCC never reached a conclusion as to whether or not the lessening would amount to a substantial lessening of competition, Mr Sims said.
She affirmed that Enertech, owned by National Technology Enterprises Company (NTEC), will work with the private and public sectors to encourage energy conservation and lessening of carbon emissions to better protect the environment.
The CMA had initially been concerned about the lessening of competition in 80 areas of the country after the merger between Poundland and its biggest rival.
With the Touge battle, there would be no need to overtake to win, thus lessening the risk of the competitors crashing into each other," organizers said.
The lessening in companies' pension obligations reduces the premiums companies owe to the PBGC, thus undermining its finances.
Chairing a high level meeting that convened particularly for solution to facilitate masses' electricity and irrigation needs, the CM said that lessening people problems regarding electricity and irrigation was of utmost priority.