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1dilute

verb di·lute \dī-ˈlüt, də-\

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

: to lessen the strength of (something)

di·lut·eddi·lut·ing

Full Definition of DILUTE

transitive verb
1
:  attenuate
2
:  to make thinner or more liquid by admixture <diluted wine>
3
:  to diminish the strength, flavor, or brilliance of by admixture <dilute a color>
4
:  to decrease the per share value of (common stock) by increasing the total number of shares
di·lut·er or di·lu·tor \-ˈlü-tər\ noun
di·lu·tive \-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

Other Chemical Engineering Terms

alkali, cation, decant, hygroscopic, isotope, oxidize, slurry, solute, viscous

2dilute

adjective

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

Full Definition of DILUTE

:  weak, diluted
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>

First Known Use of DILUTE

1605

Other Chemical Engineering Terms

alkali, cation, decant, hygroscopic, isotope, oxidize, slurry, solute, viscous

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