|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (v. t.) To make smaller in any manner; to reduce in bulk or amount; to lessen; -- opposed to augment or increase.
2. (v. t.) To lessen the authority or dignity of; to put down; to degrade; to abase; to weaken.
3. (v. t.) To make smaller by a half step; to make (an interval) less than minor; as, a diminished seventh.
4. (v. t.) To take away; to subtract.
5. (v. i.) To become or appear less or smaller; to lessen; as, the apparent size of an object diminishes as we recede from it.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
di-min'-ish: the Revised Version (British and American) has retained nearly all passages of the King James Version where "to diminish" is used. Some of these uses have become obsolete: Deuteronomy 4:2, "neither shall ye diminish from it." "Diminish" generally means "to reduce," "to lessen." In this sense it is employed in Ezekiel 5:11 from the Hebrew gara`, literally, "to shear." The picture of shearing the beard, expressing degradation and loss of manhood, may underlie this passage.
Diminish (22 Occurrences)
Exodus 5:8 The number of the bricks, which they made before, you require from them. You shall not diminish anything of it, for they are idle; therefore they cry, saying,'Let us go and sacrifice to our God.' (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Exodus 5:19 The officers of the children of Israel saw that they were in trouble, when it was said, "You shall not diminish anything from your daily quota of bricks!" (WEB JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Exodus 21:10 If he takes another wife to himself, he shall not diminish her food, her clothing, and her marital rights. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS RSV)
Exodus 30:15 the rich doth not multiply, and the poor doth not diminish from the half-shekel, to give the heave-offering of Jehovah, to make atonement for your souls. (YLT)
Leviticus 25:16 According to the length of the years you shall increase its price, and according to the shortness of the years you shall diminish its price; for he is selling the number of the crops to you. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Numbers 26:54 to the many thou shalt increase their inheritance, and to the few thou shalt diminish their inheritance; to every one shall his inheritance be given according to those that were numbered of him. (DBY YLT NAS)
Numbers 33:54 And ye shall take for yourselves the land as an inheritance by lot according to your families: to the many ye shall increase their inheritance, and to the few thou shalt diminish their inheritance: where the lot falleth to him, there shall be each man's inheritance; according to the tribes of your fathers shall ye take for yourselves the inheritance. (DBY YLT)
Numbers 35:8 And the cities which ye give 'are' of the possession of the sons of Israel, from the many ye multiply, and from the few ye diminish; each, according to his inheritance which they inherit, doth give of his cities to the Levites.' (YLT)
Deuteronomy 4:2 You shall not add to the word which I command you, neither shall you diminish from it, that you may keep the commandments of Yahweh your God which I command you. (WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS YLT)
Deuteronomy 12:32 Whatever thing I command you, that you shall observe to do: you shall not add thereto, nor diminish from it. (WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS YLT)
Job 6:17 At the time they diminish, they are dried up; when heat affecteth them, they vanish from their place: (DBY)
Job 15:4 Yea, thou dost make reverence void, And dost diminish meditation before God. (YLT)
Job 36:27 When He doth diminish droppings of the waters, They refine rain according to its vapour, (YLT)
Psalms 107:38 And He blesseth them, and they multiply exceedingly, And their cattle He doth not diminish. (YLT NIV)
Isaiah 19:6 The rivers will become foul. The streams of Egypt will be diminished and dried up. The reeds and flags will wither away. (Root in WEB ASV DBY RSV)
Jeremiah 10:24 O Jehovah, correct me, but in measure: not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing. (See JPS)
Jeremiah 26:2 Thus says Yahweh: Stand in the court of Yahweh's house, and speak to all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in Yahweh's house, all the words that I command you to speak to them; don't diminish a word. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Ezekiel 5:11 Therefore, as I live, says the Lord Yahweh, surely, because you have defiled my sanctuary with all your detestable things, and with all your abominations, therefore will I also diminish you; neither shall my eye spare, and I also will have no pity. (WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS YLT)
Ezekiel 16:27 See therefore, I have stretched out my hand over you, and have diminished your ordinary food, and delivered you to the will of those who hate you, the daughters of the Philistines, who are ashamed of your lewd way. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Ezekiel 29:15 It shall be the base of the kingdoms; neither shall it any more lift itself up above the nations: and I will diminish them, that they shall no more rule over the nations. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)
Ezekiel 31:15 Thus said the Lord Jehovah: In the day of his going down to sheol I have caused mourning, I have covered for him the deep, and diminish its flowings, And restrained are many waters, And I make Lebanon black for him, And all trees of the field have been covered for him. (YLT)
Hosea 8:10 Yea, though they hire among the nations, now will I gather them; and they begin to be diminished by reason of the burden of the king of princes. (Root in ASV NAS)