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[les-uh n] /ˈlɛs ən/

verb (used without object)
to become less.
verb (used with object)
to make less; reduce.
Archaic. to represent as less; depreciate; disparage.
to make or become less
(transitive) to make little of

“to become less,” c.1300, from less + -en (1). Related: Lessened; lessening.


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