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 for lessen
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lessen \Less"en\ (l[e^]s"'n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lessened
     (-'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Lessening.] [From Less, a.]
     To make less; to reduce; to make smaller, or fewer; to
     diminish; to lower; to degrade; as, to lessen a kingdom, or a
     population; to lessen speed, rank, fortune.
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           Charity . . . shall lessen his punishment. --Calamy.
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           St. Paul chose to magnify his office when ill men
           conspired to lessen it.                  --Atterbury.
  
     Syn: To diminish; reduce; abate; decrease; lower; impair;
          weaken; degrade.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lessen \Less"en\, v. i.
     To become less; to shrink; to contract; to decrease; to be
     diminished; as, the apparent magnitude of objects lessens as
     we recede from them; his care, or his wealth, lessened.
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           The objection lessens much, and comes to no more than
           this: there was one witness of no good reputation.
                                                    --Atterbury.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  lessen
      v 1: decrease in size, extent, or range; "The amount of homework
           decreased towards the end of the semester"; "The cabin
           pressure fell dramatically"; "her weight fell to under a
           hundred pounds"; "his voice fell to a whisper" [syn:
           decrease, diminish, lessen, fall] [ant: increase]
      2: make smaller; "He decreased his staff" [syn: decrease,
         lessen, minify] [ant: increase]
      3: wear off or die down; "The pain subsided" [syn: subside,
         lessen]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  161 Moby Thesaurus words for "lessen":
     abate, ablate, abrade, abridge, abstract, allay, alleviate,
     allow for, amputate, anesthetize, appease, assuage, attemper,
     bank the fire, bate, be eaten away, benumb, blunt, chasten, clip,
     close, color, compress, constrain, consume, consume away, control,
     corrode, crop, crumble, curtail, cushion, cut, cut back, cut down,
     damp, dampen, de-emphasize, deaden, deaden the pain, decline,
     decrease, deduct, deflate, deliquesce, depreciate, depress,
     derogate, detract, die away, diminish, disparage, dive, downgrade,
     downplay, drain, drop, drop off, dull, dwindle, ease, ease matters,
     eat away, ebb, erode, extenuate, extract, fall, fall away,
     fall off, file away, foment, give relief, gloss over, ignore,
     impair, keep within bounds, languish, lay, leach, lenify, let up,
     lighten, lower, lull, make allowance for, melt away, mince, minify,
     mitigate, moderate, modulate, mollify, numb, obtund, pad, palliate,
     pare, play down, plummet, plunge, poultice, pour balm into,
     pour oil on, purify, reduce, reduce the temperature, refine,
     relieve, remove, restrain, retrench, roll back, rub away, run low,
     sag, salve, scale down, shorten, shrink, simplify, sink, slacken,
     slake, slow down, slur over, smother, sober, sober down,
     soft-pedal, soften, soothe, step down, stifle, stupe, subduct,
     subdue, subside, subtract, suppress, tail off, take away,
     take from, tame, temper, thin, thin out, tone down, truncate,
     tune down, underplay, varnish, wane, waste, waste away, weaken,
     wear, wear away, weed, whitewash, withdraw
  
  

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