Lessen

Definition of Lessen

Less´en   Pronunciation: lĕs´'n
v. t.1.To make less; to reduce; to make smaller, or fewer; to diminish; to lower; to degrade; as, to lessen a kingdom, or a population; to lessen speed, rank, fortune.
[imp. & p. p. Lessened (-'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Lessening.]
Charity . . . shall lessen his punishment.
- Calamy.
v. i.1.To become less; to shrink; to contract; to decrease; to be diminished; as, the apparent magnitude of objects lessens as we recede from them; his care, or his wealth, lessened.

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