diminish

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 diminish — di|min|ish [dıˈmınıʃ] v [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: diminue (14 16 centuries), from Old French diminuer, from Latin minuere to make less ] 1.) [I and T] to become or make something become smaller or less = ↑reduce ▪ The party s share of the… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 diminish — verb 1 (I, T) to become or make something become smaller or less important: The party s share of the electorate has diminished steadily. | diminish sth: These drugs diminish blood flow to the brain. 2 (T) to deliberately make someone or something …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 diminish — verb Etymology: Middle English deminishen, alteration of diminuen, from Anglo French diminuer, from Late Latin diminuere, alteration of Latin deminuere, from de + minuere to lessen more at minor Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to make less… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 diminish — verb Diminish is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑fighting, ↑likelihood, ↑number Diminish is used with these nouns as the object: ↑credibility, ↑effect, ↑effectiveness, ↑impact, ↑importance, ↑influence, ↑ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 16 diminish — di|min|ish [ dı mınıʃ ] verb ** 1. ) intransitive to become less: DECREASE: Her enthusiasm was by now fast diminishing. The intensity of the sound diminished gradually. 2. ) transitive to make something become less: LESSEN: The delay may well… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 diminish — [15] Diminish is a hybrid verb, the result of a marriage between the now obsolete diminue [14] and the virtually obsolete minish [14], both of which meant ‘make smaller’. Diminue came via Old French diminuer from Latin dīminuere ‘break into small …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 18 diminish — [[t]dɪmɪ̱nɪʃ[/t]] diminishes, diminishing, diminished 1) V ERG When something diminishes, or when something diminishes it, it becomes reduced in size, importance, or intensity. The threat of nuclear war has diminished... [V n] Federalism is… …

    English dictionary

  • 19 diminish — verb 1) the pain will gradually diminish Syn: decrease, lessen, decline, reduce, subside, die down, abate, dwindle, fade, slacken off, moderate, let up, ebb, wane, recede, die away/out, peter out; archaic remit …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 20 diminish — [15] Diminish is a hybrid verb, the result of a marriage between the now obsolete diminue [14] and the virtually obsolete minish [14], both of which meant ‘make smaller’. Diminue came via Old French diminuer from Latin dīminuere ‘break into small …

    Word origins