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Lessen meaning

lessen - 3 dictionary results

  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. To become less; to shrink; to contract; to decrease; to be diminished; as, the apparent magnitude of objects lessens as we recede from them; his care, or his wealth, lessened.
  3. 3. To make less; weaken.

lessen - examples of usage

  1. It is one thing to lessen the hours of work; it is another thing to increase the rate of wages per hour, and though both of these things may be rightly claimed in some circumstances, they should not be confused together. - "Political economy", W. Stanley Jevons.
  2. What I should conclude is, that when workmen want to lessen their hours of work, they ought not to ask the same wages for the day's work as before. - "Political economy", W. Stanley Jevons.
  3. 3733. But the fact that there was a good fishing would lessen the amount of dealing at the shop? - "Second Shetland Truck System Report", William Guthrie.
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