diminish

Diminish means to make smaller or lesser. If you cover a lightbulb with a dark lamp shade, the light from the lamp will diminish.

It can also mean become less important. Once the light has been dimmed, its role in lighting the room is diminished. If you look at diminish, you see 'minis' which comes from the Latin word minus, as in subtraction. Other words that share this root are miniature and minuscule, all of which mean something that is small, or at least smallish.

DEFINITIONS OF: diminish

1

v decrease in size, extent, or range

Synonyms:
decrease, fall, lessen
Antonyms:
increase
become bigger or greater in amount
Types:
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break
diminish or discontinue abruptly
shrink, shrivel
decrease in size, range, or extent
taper
diminish gradually
drop off
fall or diminish
fly, vanish, vaporize
decrease rapidly and disappear
break
fall sharply
ease off, ease up, flag, slacken off
become less intense
weaken
become weaker
boil down, concentrate, decoct, reduce
be cooked until very little liquid is left
contract, shrink
become smaller or draw together
shrink, shrivel, shrivel up, wither
wither, as with a loss of moisture
abate, die away, let up, slack, slack off
become less in amount or intensity
deflate
become deflated or flaccid, as by losing air
dwindle, dwindle away, dwindle down
become smaller or lose substance
remit
diminish or abate
de-escalate
diminish in size, scope, or intensity
depreciate, devaluate, devalue, undervalue
lose in value
shorten
become short or shorter
thin out
become sparser
decline, go down, wane
grow smaller
wane
decrease in phase
wane
become smaller
decelerate, retard, slow, slow down, slow up
lose velocity; move more slowly
decrescendo
grow quieter
atrophy
undergo atrophy
attenuate
become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude
disappear, evaporate, melt
become less intense and fade away gradually
die down
become progressively weaker
collapse
lose significance, effectiveness, or value
fade, melt
become less clearly visible or distinguishable; disappear gradually or seemingly
lessen, subside
wear off or die down
blast
shrivel or wither or mature imperfectly
die back, die down
suffer from a disease that kills shoots
dry up, mummify
dry up and shrivel due to complete loss of moisture
blur, dim, slur
become vague or indistinct
languish, pine away, waste
lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief
dull
make less lively or vigorous
pall
lose strength or effectiveness; become or appear boring, insipid, or tiresome (to)
loose, loosen, relax
become loose or looser or less tight
slacken
become looser or slack
dip
go down momentarily
wear on
pass slowly (of time)
drop
go down in value
slack, slacken, slow, slow down, slow up
become slow or slower
slow, slow down, slow up
cause to proceed more slowly
delay, detain, hold up
cause to be slowed down or delayed
wilt
lose strength
flex
contract
Type of:
change magnitude
change in size or magnitude

v lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of

Synonyms:
belittle
Type of:
decrease, lessen, minify
make smaller
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