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abridge to lessen, curtail, or deprive. [1/2 definitions]
bate to lessen or diminish; abate. [1/3 definitions]
blunt to lessen the effect of. [1/5 definitions]
boil down to lessen something by boiling. [1/2 definitions]
buff2 to lessen the force of; act as a buffer for.
cheapen to lessen the quality or appearance of; make inferior. [1/4 definitions]
cool to lessen in intensity. [1/14 definitions]
counteract to overcome or lessen the effect of through opposition or opposite action.
cushion to lessen the effects of shock or friction on. [1/5 definitions]
cut down to lessen (often fol. by on).
daunt to lessen the determination of; intimidate; discourage.
deduct to lessen, diminish, or detract (usu. fol. by from). [1/3 definitions]
de-escalate to lessen in intensity, size, or scope.
deplete to lessen drastically; exhaust.
drown to lessen the perceived loudness of with a louder noise (usu. fol. by out). [1/4 definitions]
ease to release from pain, worry, or difficulty, or to lessen (such things as these). [2/10 definitions]
fall to lessen; abate. [1/19 definitions]
lighten2 to lessen the burdens on. [2/6 definitions]
make a dent in to lessen or weaken. [1/2 definitions]
make allowance (or allowances) for to take into account as a factor that would lessen the apparent extremity of a situation. [1/2 definitions]
mitigate to lessen the force or impact of. [1/2 definitions]