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Definition of "diminish" []

  • To make smaller or less or to cause to appear so. (verb-transitive)
  • To detract from the authority, reputation, or prestige of. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to taper. (verb-transitive)
  • Music To reduce (a perfect or minor interval) by a semitone. (verb-transitive)
  • To become smaller or less. See Synonyms at decrease. (verb-intransitive)
  • To make or become smaller, fewer, or less (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To cause (a column, etc) to taper (verb)
  • To decrease (a minor or perfect interval) by a semitone (verb)
  • To belittle or be belittled; reduce in authority, status, etc; depreciate (verb)

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Use "diminish" in a sentence
  • "The Dative of Reference denotes the person _to whom a statement refers, of whom it is true_, or _to whom it is of interest; _ as, -- mihi ante oculōs versāris, _you hover before my eyes_ (lit. _hover before the eyes to me_); illī sevēritās amōrem nōn dēminuit, _in his case severity did not diminish love_ (lit. _to him severity did not diminish_); interclūdere inimīcīs commeātum, _to cut of the supplies of the enemy."
  • ""Uncharted 2" or "BioShock 2," I'm not going to let that number in the title diminish my enjoyment."
  • "It is a known fact that the quantities of chemicals secreted by the brain diminish astronomically from the early 20's to late 70's."