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Definition of lessen verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lessen
    he / she / it lessens
    past simple lessened
    -ing form lessening
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  1. 1to become or make something become smaller, weaker, less important, etc. synonym diminish
  2. 2 The noise began to lessen. lessen something to lessen the risk/impact/effect of something They gave her an injection to lessen the pain.
noun [singular, uncountable] a lessening of tension
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