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Meaning of diminish

di•min•ish

Pronunciation: (di-min'ish), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to make or cause to seem smaller, less, less important, etc.; lessen; reduce.
  2. to give (a column) a form tapering inward from bottom to top.
  3. 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.
—v.i.
  1. to lessen; decrease.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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