Antonyms for lessen

Grammar : Verb
Spell : les-uh n
Phonetic Transcription : ˈlɛs ən

Definition of lessen

Origin :
  • "to become less," c.1300, from less + -en (1). Related: Lessened; lessening.
  • verb lower, reduce
Example sentences :
  • You may think I say this to lessen your regard for the good woman.
  • Extract from : « Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) » by Samuel Richardson
  • No, he could not—which admission did not lessen the glow on his cheek.
  • Extract from : « Ester Ried Yet Speaking » by Isabella Alden
  • This increased his astonishment, and did not lessen the gloom on his face.
  • Extract from : « Ester Ried Yet Speaking » by Isabella Alden
  • And that lurking vanity of the inferior to lessen his own inferiority did the rest.
  • Extract from : « Roden's Corner » by Henry Seton Merriman
  • Suffice it that I have helped to lessen Kirk's horse by four of his rogues.
  • Extract from : « Micah Clarke » by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Noble heart that she was, she had been striving to lessen his pain.
  • Extract from : « Cleo The Magnificent » by Louis Zangwill
  • That Ralph would be innocent of the crime could not lessen the horror of such an end.
  • Extract from : « The Shadow of a Crime » by Hall Caine
  • He had no definite charge to make, but that did not lessen his displeasure.
  • Extract from : « Dr. Sevier » by George W. Cable
  • On the contrary, his desire is to lessen the proportions of what has taken place, as far as may be.
  • Extract from : « Hiero » by Xenophon
  • Lydia asked scornfully, with a distaste she didn't propose to lessen.
  • Extract from : « The Prisoner » by Alice Brown

Synonyms for lessen

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