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Meaning of lessening by Wiktionary Dictionary




    1. Present participle of lessen .


    lessening ( plural: lessenings )

    1. A growing lesser; reduction or decrease .

Explanation of lessening by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a change downward

    Definition of lessening by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Lessen ( lĕs'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.”

      Charity . . . shall lessen his punishment. Calamy.

      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.

    2. lessening adj. becoming less in dimension or degree; as, “the lessening distance between us”.

    3. lessening n. a change downward; a decrease; a reduction.

      Syn. -- decrease, drop-off.