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Dictionary Definition

lessen

Verb

1 decrease in size, extent, or range; "The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester"; "The cabin pressure fell dramatically"; "her weight fall to under a hundred pounds"; "his voice fell to a whisper" [syn: decrease, diminish, fall] [ant: increase]
2 make smaller; "He decreased his staff" [syn: decrease, minify] [ant: increase]
3 wear off or die down; "The pain subsided" [syn: subside]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /ˈlɛsən/
  • /'lEs@n/
  • Rhymes: -ɛsən

Verb

  1. To make less; to diminish; to reduce.
  2. To become less.
Translations
to make less
  • Czech: zmenšit
  • Hungarian: csökkent, kisebbít
  • Swedish: minska
to become less

Dutch

Noun

lessen
  1. Plural form of les.

Verb

lessen
  1. Of a thirst: quench; slake.

Swedish

Adjective

lessen
  1. alternative spelling of ledsen

Extensive Definition

Lessines is a Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Hainaut. On January 1 2006 Lessines had a total population of 17,848. The total area is 72.29 km² which gives a population density of 247 inhabitants per km². It was the birthplace of René Magritte, the famous Surrealist painter.

External links

lessen in Breton: Lessines
lessen in Bulgarian: Лесин
lessen in German: Lessines
lessen in Esperanto: Lessines
lessen in French: Lessines
lessen in Italian: Lessines
lessen in Dutch: Lessen
lessen in Portuguese: Lessines
lessen in Romanian: Lessines
lessen in Swedish: Lessines
lessen in Volapük: Lessines
lessen in Chinese: 萊西納

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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