lessen lessen  /ˈlɛ sən/

Definition(s):

  1. (v) decrease in size, extent, or range
  2. (v) make smaller
  3. (v) wear off or die down

Usage(s):

  1. So if I eat foods that lessen the opportunity for inflammation in my digestive system, that's less inflammation in my body.
  2. Nor does it lessen the grief of his mother.
  3. What those studies suggested is that mercury might lessen the benefit of fish and omega-3 fatty acid intake, but they didn't suggest that fish intake was harmful overall.

News

  1. Federal project funds post-Irene still available

    Officials say there's still $11 million available in federal funds for Vermont cities and towns eligible for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program following Tropical Storm Irene. The money goes away after July 12. The funds help communities make improvements to public infrastructure and private property that are designed to lessen the effects of future disasters. Officials say some cities and ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: WPTZ Burlington

  2. 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. 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

Quotes

  1. "With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet," Obama said.
    on Jan 20, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: 코리아타임즈

  2. "With the risk of serious economic contraction in Australia having passed, the Board has moved at recent meetings to lessen gradually the degree of monetary stimulus that was put in place when the outlook appeared to be much weaker," RBA...
    on Dec 1, 2009 By: Glenn Stevens Source: ForexTV.com

  3. Brown, who is expected to succeed Blair when the prime minister steps down this year, said the execution "has done nothing to lessen tensions between the Shiite and Sunni communities."
    on Jan 6, 2007 By: Gordon Brown Source: Washington Post

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