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Lessen vs. Lesser — What's the Difference?

Lessen vs. Lesser — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Lessen and Lesser

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Lessen

To make less; reduce.

Lesser

Lesser, from Eliezer (Hebrew: אֱלִיעֶזֶר‎, Modern: Eli'ezer, Tiberian: ʼĔlîʻézer, "Help/Court of my God"), is a surname. Notable people with the surname include: Adolf Lesser (1851–1926), German physician Aleksander Lesser (1814–1884), Polish painter and art critic Anton Lesser (born 1952), British actor Axel Lesser (born 1946), East German cross country skier Edmund Lesser (1852–1918), German dermatologist Erik Lesser (born 1988), German biathlete Gabriele Lesser (born 1960), German historian and journalist George Lesser, American musician Gerald S. Lesser (1926–2010), American psychologist Henry Lesser (born 1963), German footballer J Lesser (born 1970), American musician Len Lesser (1922–2011), American actor Louis Lesser (born 1916), American real estate developer Matt Lesser, Connecticut politician Mike Lesser (born 1943), British mathematical philosopher and political activist Milton Lesser or Stephen Marlowe (1928–2008), American author Norman Lesser (1902–1985), Anglican bishop and Archbishop of New Zealand Otto Lesser (1830–1887), German astronomer Rika Lesser (born 1953), American poet Robert Lesser (born 1942), American actor Rosa Lesser, Austrian luger Ryan Lesser, Rhode Island video game designer Sam Lesser or Sam Russell (1915–2010), British journalist and Spanish Civil War veteran Sol Lesser (1890–1980), American film producer Stephen A. Lesser (born 1944), American architect Virginia Lesser, American statistician Wendy Lesser (born 1952), American author, editor and critic Werner Lesser (1932–2005), East German ski jumperLesser is also a given name.

Lessen

(Archaic) To make little of; belittle.

Lesser

Smaller in amount, value, or importance, especially in a comparison between two things
Chose the lesser evil.

Lessen

To become less; decrease
Interest that lessened as the lecture continued.
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Lesser

Of a smaller size than other, similar forms
The lesser anteater.

Lessen

(transitive) To make less; to diminish; to reduce.

Lesser

Less. Used before a participle
A lesser-known writer.

Lessen

(intransitive) To become less.

Lesser

One that is lower in importance, rank, magnitude, or degree
The lesser of two evils.

Lessen

Unless.

Lesser

Of two (or, rarely, more than two) things: the smaller in size (littler), in value, in importance etc.
Lesser panda, lesser yellowlegs''

Lessen

To make less; to reduce; to make smaller, or fewer; to diminish; to lower; to degrade; as, to lessen a kingdom, or a population; to lessen speed, rank, fortune.
Charity . . . shall lessen his punishment.
St. Paul chose to magnify his office when ill men conspired to lessen it.

Lesser

A thing that is of smaller size, value, importance etc.
The lesser of two evils
The greater sand hills increasingly do not migrate, but almost all lessers do.

Lessen

To become less; to shrink; to contract; to decrease; to be diminished; as, the apparent magnitude of objects lessens as we recede from them; his care, or his wealth, lessened.
The objection lessens much, and comes to no more than this: there was one witness of no good reputation.

Lesser

Less; smaller; inferior.
God made . . . the lesser light to rule the night.
The more my prayer, the lesser is my grace.
The larger here, and there the lesser lambs.
By the same reason may a man, in the state of nature, punish the lesser breaches of the law.

Lessen

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

Lesser

Less.

Lessen

Make smaller;
He decreased his staff

Lesser

Of less size or importance;
The lesser anteater
The lesser of two evils

Lessen

Wear off or die down;
The pain subsided

Lesser

Smaller in size or amount or value;
The lesser powers of Europe
The lesser anteater

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