dilute

verb
di·​lute | \dī-ˈlüt, də-\
diluted; diluting

Definition of dilute 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : attenuate dilute the power of the mayoralty diluting the quality of the finished product

2 : to make thinner or more liquid by admixture diluted wine diluting juice with water

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

dilute

adjective

Definition of dilute (Entry 2 of 2)

: weak, diluted a dilute acid solution

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Other Words from dilute

Verb

diluter or dilutor \-​ˈlü-​tər \ noun
dilutive \-​ˈlü-​tiv \ adjective

Adjective

diluteness noun

Examples of dilute in a Sentence

Verb

You can dilute the medicine with water. The hiring of the new CEO diluted the power of the company's president. diluting the quality of our products

Adjective

a dilute solution of acid a dilute acid that's safe to handle in the classroom
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Many in the predominantly French-speaking province consider immigration to be a process that dilutes Québec’s unique linguistic and cultural identity in North America. Fox News, "Canada struggling with illegal border 'crisis' of its own ahead of crucial elections," 16 Aug. 2018 Democrats had argued that their voters were packed into some districts and spread among others, which had the effect of diluting their voting power. Scott Bauer And Gary D. Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Supreme Court: gerrymandering arguments must prove harm to voters," 19 June 2018 Last week, the regime rejected a Russian proposal that would dilute Assad's presidential powers, partially decentralize governance and set a maximum of two consecutive seven-year terms for the presidency. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The world learns to live with Assad in Syria," 30 May 2018 The judge declined to opine on CBS’s contention, vigorously disputed by NAI, that the company’s certificate of incorporation authorizes the board to approve a stock dividend that would dilute NAI’s voting power. Randall Chase, BostonGlobe.com, "Judge denies CBS restraining order against major shareholder," 18 May 2018 But the maintenance of sweetness requires a lot of time spent being charming and passive, diluting myself to palatability. Joe Wadlington, Vox, "Halloween costumes are about dressing as someone else. I decided to go as my own fears instead.," 19 Oct. 2018 Gubler painted each honeycomb on the far right in the original shade of pink, red, and orange, then began to dilute them with white paint to create an ombré effect. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Calling It: This Is The New Shiplap," 9 Oct. 2018 Unfortunately this humor dilutes his more serious observations of patriarchal culture and makes the women's mission to overthrow it seem almost a joke. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Lesbian revolutionaries smash sexual taboos to undermine the patriarchy in Bruce LaBruce's The Misandrists," 6 July 2018 But scientists are still trying to understand exactly why some compounds, like vitamin B, get diluted and others don’t, or why some varieties of rice see sharper declines in vitamin B than others. New York Times, "How More Carbon Dioxide Can Make Food Less Nutritious," 23 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The company reported a net loss during the first quarter of $3.9 million, or 11 cents diluted loss per share, compared to a net income of $4.3 million, or 12 cents dilute earnings per share over the same period last year. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Francesca’s to focus on back-to-school sales to boost subpar earnings," 5 June 2018 Tests pick it up even in dilute wastewater,'' the story reports. Bob Warren, NOLA.com, "Flush by flush, Canada collecting marijuana data: report," 15 Apr. 2018 Of the plants previously watered with very dilute vinegar, 70 percent survived while almost none of those that were given other acids or only water did. Carolyln Wilke, sacbee, "Vinegar can help plants survive drought," 30 June 2017 A dilute sample is when a player drinks so much water, the urine test administered is ineffective because of the excess water consumption. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland.com, "Joe Thomas defended Jabrill Peppers even before they were teammates: Doug Lesmerises," 16 May 2017 Dallas Cowboys Bob’s pick: Jabril Peppers, DB/LB, Michigan Comment: A dilute sample on a drug test might cause some teams pause about Peppers. Jayson Jenks, The Seattle Times, "2017 NFL mock draft from Bob Condotta and Jayson Jenks," 27 Apr. 2017 Cincinnati: LB Reuben Foster, Alabama (6-0, 229) — A dilute sample at the combine? Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Mock Draft: The 49ers and Raiders will select…," 26 Apr. 2017 These works contained a very dilute formaldehyde solution that was contained within sealed tanks. Christopher D. Shea, New York Times, "Damien Hirst’s Art May Have Leaked Formaldehyde Fumes, Study Says," 21 Apr. 2016 Peppers, who begins his career in Stage One of the NFL's drug program because of a dilute sample at the NFL Combine, had no idea where Parr got her information. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "Browns' Jabrill Peppers: 'I've never done' those drugs 'in my life'," 12 May 2017

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First Known Use of dilute

Verb

circa 1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1605, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dilute

Verb

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

Adjective

see dilute entry 1

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dilute

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dilute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

: to lessen the strength of (something)

dilute

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of dilute (Entry 2 of 2)

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

dilute

verb
di·​lute | \dī-ˈlüt, də-\
diluted; diluting

Kids Definition of dilute

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

di·​lute | \dī-ˈlüt, də- \
diluted; diluting

Medical Definition of dilute 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: to make thinner or more liquid by admixture

Other Words from dilute

diluter also dilutor \-​ər \ noun

dilute

adjective

Medical Definition of dilute (Entry 2 of 2)

: of relatively low strength or concentration a dilute solution

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di·​lute | \dī-ˈlüt, də- \
diluted; diluting

Legal Definition of dilute 

: to cause dilution of

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