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v. di·min·ished, di·min·ish·ing, di·min·ish·es
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.
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.
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becoming smaller, fewer, or less
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Adj.1.diminishing - becoming smaller or less or appearing to do so; "diminishing returns"; "his diminishing respect for her"
decreasing - becoming less or smaller
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[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
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