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A youthful mind is seldom totally free from ambition; to curb that, is the first step to contentment, since to diminish expectation is to increase enjoyment.
Frances Burney

Meaning of "diminish" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD DIMINISH

Blend of diminuen to lessen (from Latin dēminuere to make smaller, from minuere to reduce) + archaic minish to lessen.
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PRONUNCIATION OF DIMINISH

diminish  [dɪˈmɪnɪʃ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF DIMINISH

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Diminish is a verb.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb diminish in English.

WHAT DOES DIMINISH MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Diminished responsibility

In criminal law, diminished responsibility is a potential defense by excuse by which defendants argue that although they broke the law, they should not be held fully criminally liable for doing so, as their mental functions were "diminished" or impaired. The defense's acceptance in American jurisdictions varies considerably. The majority of states have adopted it by statute or case decision, and a minority even recognise broader defenses such as 'irresistible impulse'. Some American states restrict the defense to the charge of murder only where a successful defense will result in a manslaughter conviction instead of murder. Until recently, the Republic of Ireland did not accept the partial defense. The Irish Supreme Court had rejected the existence of the defense in DPP v O'Mahony. The case was recently abrogated, however, by enactment of the Criminal Law Act 2006, effective June 1, 2006. The act, in pertinent part, specifically adopted the partial defense for the charge of murder where a successful defense will result in a manslaughter conviction instead of murder.

Definition of diminish in the English dictionary

The first definition of diminish in the dictionary is to make or become smaller, fewer, or less. Other definition of diminish is to cause to taper. Diminish is also to decrease by a semitone.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO DIMINISH

PRESENT

Present
I diminish
you diminish
he/she/it diminishes
we diminish
you diminish
they diminish
Present continuous
I am diminishing
you are diminishing
he/she/it is diminishing
we are diminishing
you are diminishing
they are diminishing
Present perfect
I have diminished
you have diminished
he/she/it has diminished
we have diminished
you have diminished
they have diminished
Present perfect continuous
I have been diminishing
you have been diminishing
he/she/it has been diminishing
we have been diminishing
you have been diminishing
they have been diminishing
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I diminished
you diminished
he/she/it diminished
we diminished
you diminished
they diminished
Past continuous
I was diminishing
you were diminishing
he/she/it was diminishing
we were diminishing
you were diminishing
they were diminishing
Past perfect
I had diminished
you had diminished
he/she/it had diminished
we had diminished
you had diminished
they had diminished
Past perfect continuous
I had been diminishing
you had been diminishing
he/she/it had been diminishing
we had been diminishing
you had been diminishing
they had been diminishing
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will diminish
you will diminish
he/she/it will diminish
we will diminish
you will diminish
they will diminish
Future continuous
I will be diminishing
you will be diminishing
he/she/it will be diminishing
we will be diminishing
you will be diminishing
they will be diminishing
Future perfect
I will have diminished
you will have diminished
he/she/it will have diminished
we will have diminished
you will have diminished
they will have diminished
Future perfect continuous
I will have been diminishing
you will have been diminishing
he/she/it will have been diminishing
we will have been diminishing
you will have been diminishing
they will have been diminishing
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would diminish
you would diminish
he/she/it would diminish
we would diminish
you would diminish
they would diminish
Conditional continuous
I would be diminishing
you would be diminishing
he/she/it would be diminishing
we would be diminishing
you would be diminishing
they would be diminishing
Conditional perfect
I would have diminish
you would have diminish
he/she/it would have diminish
we would have diminish
you would have diminish
they would have diminish
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been diminishing
you would have been diminishing
he/she/it would have been diminishing
we would have been diminishing
you would have been diminishing
they would have been diminishing
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you diminish
we let´s diminish
you diminish
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to diminish
Past participle
diminished
Present Participle
diminishing
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH DIMINISH


brainish
ˈbreɪnɪʃ
brinish
ˈbraɪnɪʃ
bumpkinish
ˈbʌmpkɪnɪʃ
Danish
ˈdeɪnɪʃ
fineish
ˈfaɪnɪʃ
finish
ˈfɪnɪʃ
Finnish
ˈfɪnɪʃ
griffinish
ˈɡrɪfɪnɪʃ
linish
ˈlɪnɪʃ
minish
ˈmɪnɪʃ
photo-finish
ˌfəʊtəʊˈfɪnɪʃ
plainish
ˈpleɪnɪʃ
porcupinish
ˈpɔːkjʊˌpaɪnɪʃ
refinish
riːˈfɪnɪʃ
swainish
ˈsweɪnɪʃ
swinish
ˈswaɪnɪʃ
thinnish
ˈθɪnɪʃ
winish
ˈwɪnɪʃ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE DIMINISH

dimidiate
dimidiation
diminishable
diminished
diminished responsibility
diminished seventh
diminished seventh chord
diminishing
diminishing returns
diminishingly
diminishment
diminuendo
diminution
diminutival
diminutive
diminutively
diminutiveness
dimissory
dimities

WORDS THAT END LIKE DIMINISH

banish
blanket finish
brownish
Cornish
furnish
garnish
gloss finish
grandstand finish
greenish
matt finish
mirror finish
photo finish
punish
replenish
silk finish
sprint finish
tarnish
the Spanish
vanish
varnish

Synonyms and antonyms of diminish in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «DIMINISH»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «diminish» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of diminish

Translation of «diminish» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF DIMINISH

Find out the translation of diminish to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of diminish from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «diminish» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

减少
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

disminuir
570 millions of speakers

English

diminish
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

कम
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

يُقَلِّلُ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

уменьшать
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

diminuir
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

কমা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

diminuer
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Berkurangan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

verringern
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

減らす
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

줄이다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Diminish
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

giảm bớt
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

நலிவடையும்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

कमी करा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

azaltmak
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

diminuire
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

zmniejszyć
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

зменшувати(ся)
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

a diminua
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

μικραίνω
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

verminder
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

minska
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

svekke
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of diminish

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «DIMINISH»

The term «diminish» is quite widely used and occupies the 25.308 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «DIMINISH» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about diminish

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10 QUOTES WITH «DIMINISH»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word diminish.
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Bernard Arnault
I would never diminish the quality of Hermes. Hermes can be an even rarer and greater quality business, if they ever wanted to work with us.
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Noah Baumbach
My dad was a great movie companion. He wouldn't diminish 'The Jerk.' If I liked it, he liked it. He could see it through my eyes.
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Antony Beevor
The great European dream was to diminish militant nationalism. We would all be happy Europeans together. But we are going to see the old monster of militant nationalism being awoken when people realise how little control their politicians have.
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Bernard Berenson
When everything else physical and mental seems to diminish, the appreciation of beauty is on the increase.
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Donald Bren
When state funding for Irvine public schools began to diminish some time ago, my Irvine Company colleagues helped me to provide private funding support for continuation of basic science, art and music programs that had been eliminated by lack of state funding.
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Frances Burney
A youthful mind is seldom totally free from ambition; to curb that, is the first step to contentment, since to diminish expectation is to increase enjoyment.
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James Callis
You don't want to diminish anybody's pain and suffering.
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Henry Charles Carey
The whole action of the laws tended to increase the number of consumers of food and to diminish the number of producers, was due the invention of the Malthusian theory of population.
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Jacques Chirac
Romania and Bulgaria were particularly irresponsible. If they wanted to diminish their chances of joining Europe they could not have found a better way.
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Chip Conley
Organizations that can diminish fear are those that are able to motivate, create, and innovate.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «DIMINISH»

Discover the use of diminish in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to diminish and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Appearing to Diminish: Female Development and the British ...
Through analyses of The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless, The Female Quixote, Evelina, Emma, Pride and Prejudice, and Jane Eyre, this genre study explores the ways in which the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British female ...
Lorna Ellis, 1999
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Astronomical Observations, Made at the Royal Observatory at ...
(122) No.37. Increase Micrometer Correction by 1"72: diminish Concluded Circle Reading by 1" 72. No. 39. Increase Micrometer Correction by 1" 72. No. 41. Diminish Micrometer Correction and Concluded Circle Reading by 1" -72. (124) No.
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Believe: The Words and Inspiration of Desmond Tutu
"If. I. diminish. you,. I. diminish. myself." In my culture anil tradition the highest praise that can be given to someone is, "]n. u nobuntu. an acknowledgment that he or she has this wonderful quality: ubuntu. It is a reference to their actions toward ...
‎2007
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Peace: The Words and Inspiration of Mahatma Gandhi
If. I. diminish. you,. I. diminish. myself." In my culture and tradition the highest praise that can be given to someone is, "l't, и nohuntn," an acknowledgment that he or she has this wonderful quality: nl>untu. It is a reference to their actions toward ...
Mahatma Gandhi, 2007
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Amharic-English dictionary: H - N.
Ai«f"rVA aqqanannasa to have several deductions taken out hft+VA asqannasa to have s.o. reduce, diminish s.th., have s.th. reduced or diminished, to cause to become less or diminish; have a deduction made or taken out +VA qannas s.th.
Thomas Leiper Kane, 1990
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On Evil
Therefore, it seems that sin, since it is an act, does not diminish natural good. 8. Since diminution is a movement, diminishing causes movement. But nothing moves its very self, and something would move itself if it were to be moved by its own ...
Thomas Aquinas, Brian Davies, 2003
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Permanent temperance documents of the American temperance ...
The Memorial not only insists that this law is an absolute violation of the Constitution of the United States, but that it is an indirect violation, or an unworthy and disgraceful evasion of it, inasmuch as its object is to diminish the consumption of a ...
American Temperance Society, 1852
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The Argument of Peleg Sprague, Esq. Before the Committee of ...
The Memorial not only insists that this law is an absolute violation of the Constitution of the United States, but that it is an indirect violation, or an unworthy and disgraceful evasion of it, inasmuch as its object is to diminish the consumption of a ...
Peleg Sprague, 1839
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The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: Dictionary
Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it. Dent. iv. 2. Nothing was diminished from the saiety of the king by the imprisonment of the duke. Sir J. Hayward. 4. In music, to lessen by a semitone , ...
William Dwight Whitney, 1904
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The World Trade Organization: Legal, Economic and Political ...
KI134-Macrory KI134(V1)-31.tex March 21, 2005 18:8 NON-WTO RULES OF INTERNATIONAL LAW IN WTO DISPUTE SETTLEMENT 142 1 D. Does the Obligation on Panels Not to "add to or diminish the rights and obligations provided in the ...
Arthur E. Appleton, Michael G. Plummer, 2007

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «DIMINISH»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term diminish is used in the context of the following news items.
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For Ohio State, The Threat of Complacency Won't Diminish Until It's …
Success breeds more success, but winning all the time also brings the threat of a hated concept: complacency. "Complacency is comfort," Ohio ... «Eleven Warriors, Jul 15»
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Grant helping to diminish number of chronically homeless vets in …
BRIDGEPORT–Gov. Dan Malloy's goal to end both chronic and veteran homelessness by the end of 2015 is on track, according to a governor's ... «FOX CT, Jul 15»
3
NYC: Rain to Diminish in Time for July Fourth Fireworks
Following rounds of rain on Saturday, there will be the risk of spotty showers Independence Day evening around New York City. The bulk of the ... «AccuWeather.com, Jul 15»
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Harrisburg, State College: Steady Rain to Diminish in Time for July …
Following approximately an inch of rain from Friday night and Saturday morning, there will be the risk of spotty showers and drizzle ... «AccuWeather.com, Jul 15»
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Project Labor Agreements diminish competition, raise costs
Last week it was reported in Real Estate Weekly that a deal on a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) would save the city an estimated $347 million ... «Real Estate Weekly, Jul 15»
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Republicans seek to diminish public scrutiny of lawmakers …
Republicans seek to diminish public scrutiny of lawmakers' communication, bill drafting files. Saved. Save Article; My Saved Items · Print Email. «Madison.com, Jul 15»
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Good fortune doesn't diminish US World Cup win
The mere suggestion that the U.S. didn't fully earn it's PK, in the eyes of some, would diminish the goal and taint the victory — so let's never ... «Minneapolis Star Tribune, Jul 15»
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Shower chances diminish as 4th weekend nears
Plenty of subtropical mid to high-level clouds pushed over the area today. We saw sprinkles and a few rain showers and there were reports of thunder especially ... «KSBY San Luis Obispo News, Jul 15»
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Study: US Mining Permitting Process Can Diminish a Project's Value …
A recent study by SNL Metals & Mining reported that delays in the US mine permitting process diminish the value of minerals and mining ... «MetalMiner, Jul 15»
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Don't Diminish Hamilton
To the Editor: Re “Leave Hamilton Alone” (Sunday Review, June 21): Steven Rattner and others have persuasively pointed out the ... «New York Times, Jun 15»

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