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

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 Remaining donor blood and medications are diluted and filtered away. Lisa Schencker, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago-area hospitals aim to boost transplants with 'lung in a box'," 18 May 2018 Stir 50 times, or until thoroughly diluted and cold, and top with the dark rum. Lou Bustamante, San Francisco Chronicle, "The rise, fall and redemption of the mai tai," 10 May 2018 The Kirkland Signature Russian River Chardonnay and Sonoma Chardonnay were less impressive, dilute and over-oaked. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Are Wines from Costco and Sam’s Club Worth Drinking?," 3 Aug. 2017 Several of them previously worked for rival candidates in the crowded GOP field, which has diluted the talent pool of available operatives who have the contacts and insight to navigate the political waters of Connecticut. Neil Vigdor, courant.com, "David Stemerman Tools Up Campaign For Primary Stretch," 30 June 2018 Maryland Republicans argued that the state legislature’s 2011 revision of the sixth congressional district unfairly diluted their voting power in the district, which swung to Democratic control. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Consequences of the Supreme Court’s Punt on Gerrymandering," 18 June 2018 That move, should it be upheld by the courts, would dilute the Redstones' authority by reducing the family's voting power to 17%. Meg James, latimes.com, "Shari Redstone sues CBS, taking aim at Leslie Moonves," 30 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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