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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 less·en /ˈlɛsṇ/
 (vt.)減少,縮小,減輕(vi.)變小

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Less·en v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lessened p. pr. & vb. n. Lessening.]  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.   --Calamy.
    St. Paul chose to magnify his office when ill men conspired to lessen it.   --Atterbury.
 Syn: -- To diminish; reduce; abate; decrease; lower; impair; weaken; degrade.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Less·en, v. i. 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.   --Atterbury.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 lessen
      v 1: 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" [syn: decrease,
            diminish, fall] [ant: increase]
      2: make smaller; "He decreased his staff" [syn: decrease, minify]
         [ant: increase]
      3: wear off or die down; "The pain subsided" [syn: subside]