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Verb lessen has 3 senses
- decrease, diminish, lessen, fall - 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"
--1 is one way to change magnitude
- decrease, lessen, minify - make smaller; "He decreased his staff"
--2 is one way to change, alter, modify
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- subside, lessen - wear off or die down; "The pain subsided"
--3 is one way to weaken