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verb [intransitive/transitive] lessen pronunciation in American English /ˈles(ə)n/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlelessening
past tenselessened
past participlelessened
  1. 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.



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