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diminish

US [dɪˈmɪnɪʃ]
UK [dɪ'mɪnɪʃ]
  • v.减少;削弱;减小;贬低
  • Web缩小;递减;下降
Past Tense:diminished  Present Participle:diminishing  Simple Present:diminishes  
diminish
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v.
1.
[i][t]
~ (sth)
减少;(使)减弱,缩减;降低to become or to make sth become smaller, weaker, etc.
The world's resources are rapidly diminishing.
世界资源正在迅速减少。
His influence has diminished with time.
随着时间的推移,他的影响已不如从前了。
Our efforts were producing diminishing returns(= we achieved less although we spent more time or money) .
我们不断投入,收益却在递减。
2.
[t]
~ sb/sth
贬低;贬损;轻视to make sb/sth seem less important than they really are
I don't wish to diminish the importance of their contribution.
我并不想贬低他们所作贡献的重要性。

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