- (transitive) To make thin or slender; to draw out so as to lessen the thickness.
- (intransitive) To become thinner.
- (transitive) To lessen; to palliate; to lessen or weaken the force of; to diminish the conception of, as crime, guilt, faults, ills, accusations, etc.; -- opposed to aggravate.
- 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act 4 Scene 1
- (obsolete) To lower or degrade; to detract from.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
- second-person plural present active imperative of extenuō