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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.

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  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.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of diminish
  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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