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  • lessen — UK US /ˈlesən/ verb [I or T] ► to make something smaller, less noticeable, etc., or to become smaller, less noticeable, etc.: »Corporate executives are keen to embrace green technology in order to lessen their dependence on fossil fuels.… …   Financial and business terms

  • lessen — less|en [ˈlesən] v [I and T] to become smaller in size, importance, or value, or make something do this = ↑reduce lessen the risk/chance/possibility etc (of sth) ▪ Exercise lessens the risk of heart disease. lessen the impact/effect/importance… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lessen — [[t]le̱s(ə)n[/t]] lessens, lessening, lessened V ERG If something lessens or you lessen it, it becomes smaller in size, amount, degree, or importance. He is used to a lot of attention from his wife, which will inevitably lessen when the baby is… …   English dictionary

  • lessen — UK [ˈles(ə)n] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms lessen : present tense I/you/we/they lessen he/she/it lessens present participle lessening past tense lessened past participle lessened to become smaller in amount, level, importance… …   English dictionary

  • lessen — less|en [ lesn ] verb intransitive or transitive to become smaller in amount, level, importance, etc. or make something do this: Traffic had lessened and the Mercedes was picking up speed. Treatment will lessen the pain …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • lessen — verb (I, T) to become smaller in size, importance, or value, or make something do this: Garlic is supposed to lessen the risk of heart disease. | International tensions lessened after the end of the Cold War …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • lessen — [ˈles(ə)n] verb [I/T] to become smaller in amount, level, or importance, or to make something do this …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • demote — I verb abase, belittle, bring down, bring low, cashier, cause to descend, cause to sink, debase, decrease in importance, dedecorate, deflate, degrade, demean, depose, depreciate, deprive, dethrone, diminish, discrown, dismiss from favor,… …   Law dictionary

  • United States — a republic in the N Western Hemisphere comprising 48 conterminous states, the District of Columbia, and Alaska in North America, and Hawaii in the N Pacific. 267,954,767; conterminous United States, 3,022,387 sq. mi. (7,827,982 sq. km); with… …   Universalium

  • Italy — /it l ee/, n. a republic in S Europe, comprising a peninsula S of the Alps, and Sicily, Sardinia, Elba, and other smaller islands: a kingdom 1870 1946. 57,534,088; 116,294 sq. mi. (301,200 sq. km). Cap.: Rome. Italian, Italia. * * * Italy… …   Universalium

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