Part of speech: verb

To make or grow smaller or less; decrease.

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Usage examples "diminish":

  1. But while prepared to meet those ills " the flesh is heir to" as becomes a Christian, it is well to remember that you may greatly diminish many of the troubles of life, by forbearance and self- command, for certain it is, that more than one half of mankind make a great deal of what they suffer, and which they might avoid. - "A Book For The Young", Sarah French.
  2. She wailed and wept so that the ladies exchanged compassionate looks, and Arabella rose to press her hand and diminish her distress. - "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.
  3. I may not perhaps too much diminish the merit of that generosity if I mention that it could take the flight we are considering just because really, with the telescope of her long thought, Fleda saw what might bring her out of the wood. - "The Spoils of Poynton", Henry James.