verb (lessened; lessening) Date: 13th century intransitive verb to shrink in size, number, or degree ; decrease transitive verb 1. to reduce in size, extent, or degree 2. a. archaic to represent as of little value b. to lower in status or dignity ; degrade Synonyms: see decrease

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