abate implies a reducing of something excessive or oppressive in force or amount.
the storm abated
dwindle implies progressive lessening and is applied to things growing visibly smaller.
their provisions dwindled slowly
Medication helps lessen the severity of the symptoms. we lessened our efforts as it became clear they weren't having an effect
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