verb (used without object)

  1. to become less.

verb (used with object)

  1. to make less; reduce.
  2. Archaic. to represent as less; depreciate; disparage.


  1. to make or become less
  2. (tr) to make little of

v.“to become less,” c.1300, from less + -en (1). Related: Lessened; lessening.

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