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less·en

lessen

 
 
pronunciation:
le sn
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part of speech: verb
inflections: lessens, lessening, lessened
definition: to become or make smaller in amount or size.
The wind lessened as the storm ended.
synonyms:
abate, decrease, diminish, lower, reduce, subside
antonyms:
increase
similar words:
abridge, cool, decline, dwindle, ebb, fall, let up, lighten, minimize, moderate, shrink, wane
Homophone Note
Are you looking for the word lesson? Lessen and lesson sound alike but have different meanings.
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The word lessen contains the following part:
-en1 Old English verb-forming suffix that means to cause to be or become or have
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The suffix -en1 forms verbs from monosyllabic English adjectives.