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verb diminish pronunciation in American English /dɪˈmɪnɪʃ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlediminishing
past tensediminished
past participlediminished
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  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.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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