from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make less; reduce.
- transitive v. Archaic To make little of; belittle.
- intransitive v. To become less; decrease. See Synonyms at decrease.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make less; to diminish; to reduce.
- v. To become less.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make less; to reduce; to make smaller, or fewer; to diminish; to lower; to degrade
- intransitive v. To become less; to shrink; to contract; to decrease; to be diminished
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To become less; contract in bulk, quantity, number, or amount; decrease; diminish; shrink.
- To come to appear less from increase of distance.
- To make less; diminish; reduce in number, size, degree, or quality.
- To degrade; reduce in dignity; depreciate; disparage.
- To cause to appear less from increase of distance; specifically, in falconry, to soar above or beyond.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make smaller
- v. wear off or die down
- v. decrease in size, extent, or range
Middle English lessen, lessenen, from lesse, less; see less.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)