lessen vs lesson : Common Errors in English

About lessen vs lesson

Although not many people try to teach someone a “lessen,” many people try to “lesson” their risks by taking precautions. “Lessen” is something you do—a verb—and means to make smaller. “Lesson” is a noun, something you learn or teach. Remember this lesson and it will lessen your chances of making a mistake.

lessen Meaning(s)

  • (v) decrease in size, extent, or range
  • (v) make smaller
  • (v) wear off or die down

lesson Meaning(s)

  • (n) a unit of instruction
  • (n) punishment intended as a warning to others
  • (n) the significance of a story or event
  • (n) a task assigned for individual study

lessen in News

  1. Murray Begins Push to Win Wimbledon

    A back injury should lessen hopes for Andy Murray to end a 77-year wait for a British men’s singles winner at Wimbledon, but it probably will not.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: New York Times

  2. Straight Sets: Murray Begins Push to Win Wimbledon

    A back injury should lessen hopes for Andy Murray to end a 77-year wait for a British men’s singles winner at Wimbledon, but it probably will not.        
    on June 14, 2013 Source: New York Times

  3. Will the Risk of Foreclosure Lessen as Big Banks Continue Foreclosure Slowdown?

    The devastating effects of foreclosure on many of the nation’s households may be abating, as recent reports of a major foreclosure processing slowdown indicate that the risk of foreclosure may be lessening. Attorney David Chang of Chang and Carlin, LLP provides analysis and commentary on whether this assumption is valid. (PRWeb June 13, 2013) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: PRWeb

lesson in News

  1. World's Largest Swimming Lesson coming to Splash City in Collinsville

    Splash City will host the World's Largest Swimming Lesson 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, June 18. The event is part of an attempt to set a Guinness World Record. Splash City is one location that is joining hundreds of others across 15 countries to offer swim lessons to break the record and teach water safety.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  2. Lesson in board responsibility; library facing results of lax oversight

    Some lessons must be learned over and over and over. One of them, apparently, is that being on a com
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Lexington Herald-Leader

  3. Music News: Guitar Lesson with Thrash Metal Riffs is Online

    The musical company called Guitar Control has just released another guitar lesson in the form of a complimentary video clip that entails a couple of thrash metal riffs being taught with a down picking technique. (PRWeb June 13, 2013) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/6/prweb10831155.htm
    on June 13, 2013 Source: PRWeb

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