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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. Archit.to give (a column) a form tapering inward from bottom to top.
3. Music.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.
to lessen; decrease.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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