[ verb ] 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"
Used in print(The New York Times,...)
It could provide security without cost of armaments and increase German prosperity and lessen taxation .(Kenneth Scott Latourette, Christianity in a Revolutiona...)
The temptation is to say that , as the percentage of church_members mounted , the degree of discipline exercised by the churches lessened and the trend was towards conformity to the general level .(Booth Hemingway and Stuart H. Brown,...)
True , our problems have lessened a_bit as more_and_more of our neighbors have built their own pools , thereby diluting our spectacular attractions .(Rhode Island Legislative Council. Research Report...)
But cooperation and understanding between local officials and the citizenry help lessen this problem .(B. J. Chute, The Moon and the Thorn....)
Both church and graveyard were smaller than she remembered them ( how many things had lessened while she was gone away ) but the headstones had grown so thick in thirty years that to find one named `` Dorothy_Tredding '' seemed suddenly impossible .
[ verb ] make smaller
"He decreased his staff"
Used in print(James Boylan, "Mutinity"...)
As Hudson resumed his desperate criss-crossing of the little bay , every incident lessened the crew 's respect for him .(U.S. Reports. Volume 366. Cases Adjudged in the...)
It rested its decision solely on 7 , which reads in pertinent part : `` [ N_]_o corporation engaged in commerce shall acquire , directly or indirectly , the whole or any part of the stock or other share capital of another corporation engaged also in commerce , where the effect of such acquisition may be to substantially lessen competition between the corporation whose stock is so acquired and the corporation making the acquisition , or to restrain such commerce in any section or community , or tend to create a monopoly of any line of commerce .