Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To make less; to reduce; to make smaller, or fewer; to diminish; to lower; to degrade;
lessena kingdom, or a population; to
lessenspeed, rank, fortune.
Charity . . . shall
Syn. – To diminish; reduce; abate; decrease; lower; impair; weaken; degrade.
To become less; to shrink; to contract; to decrease; to be diminished;
as, the apparent magnitude of objects
lessensas we recede from them; his care, or his wealth,
lessensmuch, and comes to no more than this: there was one witness of no good reputation.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To make less; to diminish; to reduce in bulk, size, quantity, number or amount; to make smaller; as, to lessen a kingdom or its population.
2.To diminish in degree, state of quality; as, awkward manners tend to lessen our respect for men of merit.
3.To degrade; to reduce in dignity.
St. Paul chose to magnify his office, when ill men conspired to lessen it.
1.To become less; to shrink; to contract in bulk, quantity, number or amount; to be diminished. The apparent magnitude of objects lessens as we recede from them.
2.To become less in degree, quality or intensity; to decrease. The strength of the body, and the vivacity of the temper usually lessen as we advance in age.