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Definitions of diminish

  1. lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of; "don't belittle your colleagues" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. To lessen. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. To lessen the authority or dignity of; to put down; to degrade; to abase; to weaken. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To make smaller by a half step; to make (an interval) less than minor; as, a diminished seventh. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To take away; to subtract. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. To become or appear less or smaller; to lessen; as, the apparent size of an object diminishes as we recede from it. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To make smaller in any manner; to reduce in bulk or amount; to lessen; - opposed to augment or increase. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To make less; reduce in bulk or amount; weaken; impair; detract from; reduce in authority, or rank; degrade. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. To make less: to take a part from: to degrade. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. To grow or appear less: to subside. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. DIMINISHABLE. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. To become less. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. To make or grow smaller or less; decrease. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. To make less; to lessen; to degrade; to take from; to take from a note by a sharp, flat, or natural. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. To lessen; to make or become less or smaller; to impair; to appear less; to abate; to subside. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  17. To make smaller in any manner; to reduce in bulk or amount; to lessen; -- opposed to augment or increase. mso.anu.edu.au
  18. di-min'ish, v.t. to make less: to take a part from: to degrade.--v.i. to grow or appear less: to subside.--adj. DIMIN'ISHABLE.--p.adj. DIMIN'ISHED, made smaller, humbled: (mus.) lessened by a half-step, as an interval.--adv. DIMIN'ISHINGLY. [Coined by adding di to the word minish, an imitation of L. diminu[)e]re--di = dis, apart, minu[)e]re, to make less.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  19. Make or become, actually or in appearance, less (hide one\'s diminished head, i.e. reduced power &c.; in Mus., diminished, of intervals less by a chromatic semitone than the full, as diminished fifth &c.); (Arch.) taper (t. & i.). Hence diminishable a., diminishingly adv. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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