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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)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dilute

diluted

diluting

  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

diluter

or

dilutor

play \-ˈlü-tər\ noun

dilutive

play \-ˈlü-tiv\ adjective

Examples of dilute in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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

Other Chemical Engineering Terms


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dilute

adjective di·lute

Simple Definition of dilute

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dilute

diluteness

noun

DILUTE Defined for Kids

dilute

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verb di·lute \dī-ˈlüt, də-\

Definition of dilute for Students

diluted

diluting

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




Medical Dictionary

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dilute

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transitive verb di·lute \dī-ˈlüt, də-\

Medical Definition of dilute

diluted

;

diluting

  1. :  to make thinner or more liquid by admixture

diluter

also

dilutor

\-ər\play noun



2

dilute

adjective di·lute

Medical Definition of dilute

  1. :  of relatively low strength or concentration <a dilute solution>




Law Dictionary

dilute

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transitive verb di·lute \dī-ˈlüt, də-\

Legal Definition of dilute

diluted

diluting

  1. :  to cause dilution of





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