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Lessen vs. Shorten

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  • Lessen (verb)

    To make less; to diminish; to reduce.

  • Lessen (verb)

    To become less.

  • Shorten (verb)

    To make shorter; to abbreviate.

  • Shorten (verb)

    To become shorter.

  • Shorten (verb)

    To make deficient (as to); to deprive (of).

  • Shorten (verb)

    To make short or friable, as pastry, with butter, lard, etc.

  • Shorten (verb)

    To reduce or diminish in amount, quantity, or extent; to lessen.

    "to shorten an allowance of food"

  • Shorten (verb)

    To take in the slack of (a rope).

  • Shorten (verb)

    To reduce (sail) by taking it in.

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  • 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.

  • Lessen (verb)

    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.

  • Shorten

    To make short or shorter in measure, extent, or time; as, to shorten distance; to shorten a road; to shorten days of calamity.

  • Shorten

    To reduce or diminish in amount, quantity, or extent; to lessen; to abridge; to curtail; to contract; as, to shorten work, an allowance of food, etc.

  • Shorten

    To make deficient (as to); to deprive; - with of.

  • Shorten

    To make short or friable, as pastry, with butter, lard, pot liquor, or the like.

  • Shorten (verb)

    To become short or shorter; as, the day shortens in northern latitudes from June to December; a metallic rod shortens by cold.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Lessen (verb)

    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"

  • Lessen (verb)

    make smaller;

    "He decreased his staff"

  • Lessen (verb)

    wear off or die down;

    "The pain subsided"

  • Shorten (verb)

    make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration;

    "He shortened his trip due to illness"

  • Shorten (verb)

    reduce in scope while retaining essential elements;

    "The manuscript must be shortened"

  • Shorten (verb)

    make short or shorter;

    "shorten the skirt"

    "shorten the rope by a few inches"

  • Shorten (verb)

    become short or shorter;

    "In winter, the days shorten"

  • Shorten (verb)

    edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate;

    "bowdlerize a novel"

Princeton's WordNet
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