Adjective "diminish" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Make or become less.
  1. no object 'the pain will gradually diminish'
  2. 'Her life became more and more squalid and her expectations diminished.'
  3. 'The itching usually diminishes gradually and eventually stops after complete wound healing.'
  4. 'This relative dominance of the root over the shoot diminishes gradually as the plant grows.'
  5. 'Chances are the pain will diminish as your musculature recovers.'
  6. 'He notices that his scores are improving and his pain is diminishing or gone.'
  7. 'Their respect for you gradually diminishes during the passing time it takes you figuring out their name.'
  8. 'The ability to do this is greatest in the very young and diminishes gradually with age.'
  9. 'It should gradually diminish as the body returns to balance over a few months of treatment.'
  10. 'Many critics felt that the sense of likeness gained through the use of contemporary dress diminished gradually as time went by and fashions changed.'
  11. 'Consequently, as quotas increased over the decades in keeping with world economic growth, the role of the basic votes diminished gradually.'
  12. 'Hasn't technology increased labor's mobility and diminished the importance of physical proximity?'
  13. 'Limited conversation does in no way diminish the truth or reality of the contact.'
  14. 'Rather it was because he was forced to come off earlier in both these derbies after his problem diminished his ability to make an impression.'
  15. 'There are some very expensive items which can actually diminish your credibility.'
  16. 'This lack of comprehensiveness in no way diminishes the valuable contribution made by this fine book.'
  17. 'But that in no way diminished the original accomplishment.'
  18. 'The unintended results: ubiquitous recorded music playback significantly diminishes the singular impact of live music.'
  19. 'Such smoothing over of differences, however, would have diminished the powerful sense of otherness that is such a valuable aspect of the book.'
  20. 'The injuries that he sustained in the crash had severely diminished his quality of life.'
  21. 'At Lynn the right of any member of the community to attend at least the more important assemblies was not diminished by the constitutional compromise of 1420.'

More definitions

1. to make or cause to seem smaller, less, less important, etc.; lessen; reduce.

2. Architecture. to give (a column) a form tapering inward from bottom to top.

3. Music. to make (an interval) smaller by a chromatic half step than the corresponding perfect or minor interval.

4. to detract from the authority, honor, stature, or reputation of; disparage. verb (used without object)

5. to lessen; decrease.

More examples(as adjective)

"roles can be diminish."

"interests can be diminish."


Late Middle English: blend of archaic minish ‘diminish’ (based on Latin minutia ‘smallness’) and obsolete diminue ‘speak disparagingly’ (based on Latin deminuere ‘lessen’ (in late Latin diminuere), from minuere ‘make small’).


(the law of) diminishing returns