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lessenverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈles·ən/
to ​become or make something ​smaller in ​amount or ​degree: [T] Keeping ​yourweight down can lessen the ​risk of ​heartdisease.
(Definition of lessen from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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lessenverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈlesən/
to make something ​smaller, less noticeable, etc., or to become ​smaller, less noticeable, etc.: Corporate ​executives are ​keen to embrace "​greentechnology" in ​order to lessen their dependence on fossil ​fuels. Increasing ​securityprocedures is the only way to lessen the ​risks of ​airtravel.lessen the impact/importance/influence (of sth) Experts argue that a ​carbontax would lessen the ​influence of special-interest ​groups in the ​climatechange debate.
(Definition of lessen from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “lessen”
in Arabic يُقَلِّل…
in Korean 줄이다…
in Portuguese diminuir, reduzir…
in Catalan reduir(-se)…
in Japanese ~を減らす, ~が減る…
in Chinese (Simplified) 减少,降低,减轻…
in Turkish azalmak, azaltmak…
in Russian уменьшать(ся)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 減少,降低,減輕…
in Italian diminuire, ridursi…
in Polish zmniejszać (się)…
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