Expand and Lessen


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Expand verb – To make greater in size, amount, or number.
Usage example: we had to expand the list of wedding guests several times in order to accommodate all the relatives Mother wouldn't dream of excluding

Lessen is an antonym for expand in topics: turn, extend, go into detail.
Nearby Words: expanded, expanse, expansion, expansive, expanding
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Lessen verb – To make smaller in amount, volume, or extent.
Usage example: we lessened our efforts as it became clear they weren't having an effect

Expand is an antonym for lessen in topics: reduce, lower, increase.
Nearby Words: lessening, less
Antonyms for Lessen
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Common collocations

power expand power lessen power
control expand control lessen control
time expand time lessen time
influence expand influence lessen influence
Other nouns: bit, little, powers.
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Lessen and Expand. (2016). Retrieved 2021, June 18, from https://thesaurus.plus/related/expand/lessen
Expand & Lessen. N.p., 2016. Web. 18 Jun. 2021. <https://thesaurus.plus/related/expand/lessen>.
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