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di-, 表加强。-min, 小，词源同minus,minute. 即缩小，缩减。
- diminish:  Diminish is a hybrid verb, the result of a marriage between the now obsolete diminue  and the virtually obsolete minish , both of which meant ‘make smaller’. Diminue came via Old French diminuer from Latin dīminuere ‘break into small pieces’; it was a compound verb formed from the prefix dē- ‘from’ and minuere ‘lessen’ (source of English minute). Minish came via Old French menuiser from Vulgar Latin *minūtiāre, a derivative of Latin minūtus ‘small’; this, bringing the history of diminish full circle, was an adjectival use of the past participle of minuere.
- diminish (v.)
- early 15c., from merger of two obsolete verbs, diminue and minish. Diminue is from Old French diminuer "make small," from Latin diminuere "break into small pieces," variant of deminuere "lessen, diminish," from de- "completely" + minuere "make small" (see minus).
Minish is from Old French menuisier, from Latin minuere. Related: Diminished; diminishes; diminishing.
- 1. Federalism is intended to diminish the power of the central state.
- 2. We should try to diminish the cost of production.
- 3. As people approach old age, their energies may diminish.
- 接近老年时, 人的精力就衰退了.
- 4. Diminish the revenue by reducing tax.
- 5. He likes to diminish the skill of others.
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