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Meaning of DIMINISH

Pronunciation:  di'minish

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  decrease in size, extent, or range; "The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester"; "The cabin pressure fell dramatically"; "her weight fall to under a hundred pounds"; "his voice fell to a whisper"
  2. [v]  lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of; "don't belittle your colleagues"

DIMINISH is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: belittle, decrease, fall, lessen
 Antonyms: increase
 See Also: abate, boil down, break, change magnitude, concentrate, contract, decline, decoct, decrescendo, de-escalate, deflate, depreciate, devaluate, devalue, die away, drop off, dwindle, dwindle away, dwindle down, ease off, ease up, flag, fly, go down, let up, minify, reduce, shorten, shrink, shrivel, shrivel up, slack, slack off, slacken off, taper, thin out, undervalue, vanish, wane, wither



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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
    1. To make smaller in any manner; to reduce in bulk or
       amount; to lessen; -- opposed to {augment} or {increase}.
             Not diminish, but rather increase, the debt.
    2. To lessen the authority or dignity of; to put down; to
       degrade; to abase; to weaken.
             This doth nothing diminish their opinion. --Robynson
             I will diminish them, that they shall no more rule
             over the nations.                     --Ezek. xxix.
             O thou . . . at whose sight all the stars Hide their
             diminished heads.                     --Milton.
    3. (Mus.) To make smaller by a half step; to make (an
       interval) less than minor; as, a diminished seventh.
    4. To take away; to subtract.
             Neither shall ye diminish aught from it. --Deut. iv.
    {Diminished column}, one whose upper diameter is less than
       the lower.
    {Diminished}, or {Diminishing}, {scale}, a scale of gradation
       used in finding the different points for drawing the
       spiral curve of the volute. --Gwilt.
    {Diminishing rule} (Arch.), a board cut with a concave edge,
       for fixing the entasis and curvature of a shaft.
    {Diminishing stile} (Arch.), a stile which is narrower in one
       part than in another, as in many glazed doors.
    Syn: To decrease; lessen; abate; reduce; contract; curtail;
         impair; degrade. See {Decrease}.
  2. \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.
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