diminish


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 The threat of war has [diminished] now that the government has withdrawn its troops from the disputed territory.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 the federal government to be [diminished] in favor of the provinces.
04. [Diminishing] enrollment has led to a reduction in staff at the college.
05. Removing an olive pit [diminishes] the flavor of the olive.
06. Due to the destructive activities of humans, the population of wild orangutans may have [diminished] in the past decade by as much as 50%.
07. Studies show that even when women enter the labor force, their responsibilities for maintaining the household do not [diminish].
08. Radicalism seems to have [diminished] at many universities, and students nowadays seem more concerned about what kind of soft drink is sold on campus than about political matters.
09. A German proverb tells us that promises are like the full moon: if they are not kept at once, they [diminish] day by day.
10. There is a Zanzibar proverb which states that wealth [diminishes] with usage, whereas learning increases with use.
11. A Chinese proverb observes that knowledge that is not replenished [diminishes] every day.
12. Speaking of violence, Martin Luther King once stated that instead of [diminishing] evil, it multiplies it.
13. Lois McMaster Bujold once remarked that an honor is not [diminished] for being shared.
14. Dag Hammarskjold once said that the only kind of dignity which is genuine is that which is not [diminished] by the indifference of others.
15. La Rochefoucald once noted that absence [diminishes] small loves, and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle, and fans the bonfire.
16. Stewart Udall observed that we live in a land of vanishing beauty, of increasing ugliness, of shrinking open space, and of an overall environment that is [diminished] daily by pollution and noise.
17. With human populations increasing, resources for Asian elephants are scarce, and the numbers of these animals are [diminishing].
18. We were badly beaten in the final, but the children left with their enthusiasm [undiminished].
19. The [diminution] in sales is largely due to the downturn in the economy.
20. Professional athletes have to be able to recover quickly from a workout or their rate of improvement will [diminish].
21. My interest in the Oscar awards [diminished] when I realized many great movies weren't nominated.
22. The polar ice caps are [diminishing] because of global warming.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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