Synonyms and related words:
abase, abash, abate, abbreviate, ablate, abrade, abridge, abstract, abuse, adjust to, allay, alleviate, allow for, alter, anesthetize, appease, assuage, attemper, attenuate, bank the fire, bate, be eaten away, belittle, benumb, blunt, boil down, box in, bring down, bring low, chasten, cheapen, circumscribe, clip, close, color, compress, condense, condition, confine, constrain, constrict, consume, consume away, contract, control, corrode, crop, crumble, crush, curtail, cushion, cut, cut back, cut down, damp, dampen, de-emphasize, deaden, deaden the pain, debase, decline, decrease, deduct, deflate, degrade, deliquesce, demean, deprecate, depreciate, depress, derogate, desiccate, detract, detract from, devalue, die away, die out, discredit, dismiss, disparage, dispraise, dive, dock, downgrade, downplay, drain, draw in, drift away, droop, drop, drop off, dry up, dull, dump, dump on, dwindle, ease, ease matters, ease off, eat away, ebb, erode, extenuate, extract, fade, fade away, fall, fall away, fall off, file away, flag, foment, give relief, gloss over, go, go away, go in, hedge, hedge about, humiliate, ignore, impair, keep within bounds, languish, lay, leach, leaven, lenify, lessen, let up, lighten, limit, lop, lower, lull, make allowance for, melt away, mince, minify, minimize, mitigate, moderate, modify, modulate, mollify, move away, move off, narrow, numb, obtund, pad, palliate, pare, peter out, pine, play down, plummet, plunge, poultice, pour balm into, pour oil on, prune, pull away, purify, put down, qualify, recede, reduce, reduce the temperature, refine, regulate by, reject, relieve, remove, restrain, restrict, retire, retreat, retrench, retrocede, roll back, rub away, run low, sag, salve, scale down, sear, season, set conditions, set down, set limits, shorten, shrink, shrivel, simplify, sink, slacken, slake, slow down, slur over, smother, snape, sober, sober down, soft-pedal, soften, soothe, stand off, step down, stifle, straiten, stupe, subduct, subdue, subside, subtract, suppress, tail off, take away, take down, take from, tame, taper, taper off, temper, thin, thin out, tone down, trip up, truncate, tune down, underplay, varnish, vitiate, wane, waste, waste away, weaken, wear, wear away, weed, whitewash, widen the distance, wilt, wind down, withdraw, wither, wizen, write off

Moby Thesaurus. . 1996.


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  • Diminish — Di*min ish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Diminished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Diminishing}.] [Pref. di (= L. dis ) + minish: cf. L. diminuere, F. diminuer, OE. diminuen. See {Dis }, and {Minish}.] 1. To make smaller in any manner; to reduce in bulk or amount;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • diminish — UK US /dɪˈmɪnɪʃ/ verb [I or T] ► to reduce or be reduced in size, importance, or value: »If consumers start losing confidence, it will diminish demand for household goods. »Investors can diversify their holdings in order to diminish risk. »Over a …   Financial and business terms

  • diminish — (v.) early 15c., from merger of two obsolete verbs, diminue and minish. Diminue is from O.Fr. diminuer make small, from L. diminuere break into small pieces, variant of deminuere lessen, diminish, from de completely + minuere make small (see… …   Etymology dictionary

  • diminish — [v1] become or cause to be less abate, abbreviate, attenuate, become smaller, close, contract, curtail, cut, decline, decrease, depreciate, die out, drain, dwindle, ebb, extenuate, fade away, lessen, lower, minify, moderate, peter out, recede,… …   New thesaurus

  • Diminish — Di*min ish, v. i. To become or appear less or smaller; to lessen; as, the apparent size of an object diminishes as we recede from it. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • diminish — I verb abate, abbreviate, abrade, abridge, alleviate, assuage, bate, become smaller, belittle, bound, cause to be smaller, cause to taper, cheapen, compress, consume, contract, curb, curtail, cut back, cut down, damp down, dampen, decelerate,… …   Law dictionary

  • diminish — reduce, *decrease, lessen, abate, dwindle Analogous words: wane, ebb, *abate, subside: *moderate, temper: lighten, alleviate, mitigate (see RELIEVE): attenuate, extenuate (see THIN) Contrasted words: enlarge, augment, *increase: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • diminish — ► VERB ▪ make or become less. ● (the law of) diminishing returns Cf. ↑the law of diminishing returns ORIGIN Latin deminuere lessen …   English terms dictionary

  • diminish — [də min′ish] vt. [ME diminishen, a blend of diminuen, to reduce (< OFr diminuer < L diminuere, var. of deminuere < de , from + minuere, to lessen < minus, small) & minishen, to make smaller < OFr menusier < VL * minutiare < L …   English World dictionary

  • diminish — 01. Cooking and freezing do not [diminish] the spicy heat of a hot pepper. 02. The threat of war has [diminished] now that the government has withdrawn its troops from the disputed territory. 03. The Prime Minister refuses to allow the power of… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • diminish */*/ — UK [dɪˈmɪnɪʃ] / US verb Word forms diminish : present tense I/you/we/they diminish he/she/it diminishes present participle diminishing past tense diminished past participle diminished 1) [intransitive] to become less The intensity of the sound… …   English dictionary

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