diminish meaning


    Definition of diminish in English Dictionary

  • VerbSGdiminishesPRdiminishingPT, PPdiminishedSUF-ish
    1. VT To make smaller.
      1. The threat of terrorism to the British lies in the overreaction to it of British governments. Each one in turn clicks up the ratchet of surveillance, intrusion and security. Each one diminishes liberty.
    2. VI To become smaller.
      1. Whether modern, industrial man is less or more warlike than his hunter-gatherer ancestors is impossible to determine. [ …] One thing that is true, though, is that murder rates have fallen over the centuries, as policing has spread and the routine carrying of weapons has diminished. Modern society may not have done anything about war. But peace is a lot more peaceful.
    3. To lessen the authority or dignity of; to put down; to degrade; to abase; to weaken.
      1. VI To taper.
        1. VI To disappear gradually.
          1. To take away; to subtract.
            1. VT (music) To reduce a perfect or minor interval by a semitone.
            2. More Examples
              1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
                • He calls the diminished price swings this year, combined with heavy borrowing and ultraloose monetary policy, “a recipe for disaster.”
            • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
              1. Verbs
                • Intransitive verbs
                  • Transitive verbs
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                1. en diminished
                2. en diminisht
                3. en diminisher
                4. en diminishes
                5. en diminishers
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                Meaning of diminish for the defined word.

                Grammatically, this word "diminish" is a verb, more specifically, an intransitive verb and a transitive verb.
                Difficultness: Level 3
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                Definiteness: Level 8
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