Lessen Less"en (l[e^]s"'n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lessened} (-'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Lessening}.] [From {Less}, a.] 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. [1913 Webster]

Charity . . . shall lessen his punishment. --Calamy. [1913 Webster]

St. Paul chose to magnify his office when ill men conspired to lessen it. --Atterbury.

Syn: To diminish; reduce; abate; decrease; lower; impair; weaken; degrade. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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