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lessen

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lessen (third-person singular simple present lessens, present participle lessening, simple past and past participle lessened)

  1. (transitive) To make less; to diminish; to reduce.
    • Calamy
      Charity [] shall lessen his punishment.
    • Atterbury
      St. Paul chose to magnify his office when ill men conspired to lessen it.
    • 2011 December 16, Denis Campbell, “Hospital staff 'lack skills to cope with dementia patients'”, Guardian:
      Many hospitals have not taken simple steps to lessen the distress and confusion which dementia sufferers' often feel on being somewhere so unfamiliar – such as making signs large and easy to read, using colour schemes to help patients find their way around unfamiliar wards and not putting family mementoes such as photographs nearby.
  2. (intransitive) To become less.
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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle Dutch lesschen, from a merger of two verbs:

VerbEdit

lessen (past singular leste, past participle gelest)

  1. to quench (thirst)
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Etymology 2Edit

From les.

VerbEdit

lessen (past singular leste, past participle gelest)

  1. to take a lesson (usually a driving lesson)
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lessen

  1. Plural form of les

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lessen

  1. Alternative spelling of ledsen.