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lessen

less·en

lessen

 
 
pronunciation:
le sn
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part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
inflections: lessened, lessening, lessens
definition: to become or make smaller in degree, amount, or size.
synonyms:
abate, bate, decrease, diminish, lower, reduce, subside
antonyms:
increase
similar words:
abridge, cool, decline, deduct, dwindle, ebb, fall, let up, lighten, minimize, mitigate, moderate, prune, remit, shrink, wane
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Are you looking for the word lesson? Lessen and lesson sound alike but have different meanings.
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