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dilute

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verb di·lute \dī-ˈlüt, də-\

Simple Definition of dilute

  • : to make (a liquid) thinner or less strong by adding water or another liquid

  • : to lessen the strength of (something)

Full Definition of dilute

di·lut·eddi·lut·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  attenuate

  3. 2 :  to make thinner or more liquid by admixture <diluted wine>

  4. 3 :  to diminish the strength, flavor, or brilliance of by admixture <dilute a color>

  5. 4 :  to decrease the per share value of (common stock) by increasing the total number of shares

di·lut·er or di·lu·tor play \-ˈlü-tər\ noun
di·lu·tive play \-ˈlü-tiv\ adjective

Examples of dilute

  1. You can dilute the medicine with water.

  2. The hiring of the new CEO diluted the power of the company's president.

  3. diluting the quality of our products



Origin of dilute

Latin dilutus, past participle of diluere to wash away, dilute, from di- + lavere to wash — more at lye


First Known Use: circa 1555

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dilute

adjective di·lute

Simple Definition of dilute

  • : reduced in strength as a result of containing an added liquid

Full Definition of dilute

di·lute·ness noun

Examples of dilute

  1. a dilute solution of acid

  2. <a dilute acid that's safe to handle in the classroom>



1605

First Known Use of dilute

1605

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DILUTE Defined for Kids

dilute

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verb di·lute \dī-ˈlüt, də-\

Definition of dilute

di·lut·eddi·lut·ing

  1. :  to make thinner or more liquid by adding something <Mom diluted the punch with water.>





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