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verb diminish pronunciation in American English /dɪˈmɪnɪʃ/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theydiminish
he/she/itdiminishes
present participlediminishing
past tensediminished
past participlediminished
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to become less

    Her enthusiasm was by now fast diminishing.

    The intensity of the sound diminished gradually.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to make something become less

    The delay may well have diminished the impact of their campaign.

    His reassurances did nothing to diminish her anxiety.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to deliberately make someone or something seem less important than they really are

    I did not intend to diminish the importance of her work.

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