diluted

adjective

di·​lut·​ed dī-ˈlü-təd How to pronounce diluted (audio)
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1
: weakened or thinned by or as if by having been mixed with something else (such as water)
diluted wine/paint/bleach
Just be sure not to confuse peppermint oil, which is concentrated and thus far more potent, with peppermint extract, a diluted mixture that contains approximately 20% peppermint oil.Kim Steckler
The most common method of skin testing is the scratch test, where a diluted amount of the allergen is applied to a scratch on the back or arm.Jeanie Wilson
… the diluted light of a north European summer …Jean McNeil
… his photos capture urban landscapes with muted slightly diluted colours that have a gritty appeal.Liora Ipsum
… wielding diluted power in a deadlocked government in a tiny state …Anne Barnard
2
of common stock : having a decreased per share value due to an increase in the total number of shares
Diluted shares can be tricky to calculate, especially when it comes to stock options, which are the most common obligation to issue shares that companies face.Fool.com

Examples of diluted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Iron nails and diluted sulfuric acid at glass bottom. Meredi Ortega, Scientific American, 10 Nov. 2023 Operating income was $2.9 billion with diluted earnings per share of $0.82, beating the street estimates. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Nov. 2023 Wipe down leaves and stems with a soft cloth using water and diluted neem oil. Sunset Magazine, 10 Oct. 2023 Like all of that can be extended and draped over veg as well as the noodles, and not get too diluted. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 Oct. 2023 The bigger the cube, the slower the melting, which prevents spirits from becoming too diluted while they’re sipped. Molly Allen, Southern Living, 20 Oct. 2023 Environmentalists also worry that China’s history of privileging industry over the environment will lead to diluted regulations. Lily Kuo, Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2023 Ammonia used in households is a diluted water solution that contains 5 to 10 percent ammonia, according to OSHA. Amy Simonson, CNN, 3 Oct. 2023 Within 48 hours, 76% of embryonic kidney cells died—about three times more than the percentage of cells that spent the same amount of time in a more diluted (less plastic-y) solution. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 15 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of diluted was in 1651

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“Diluted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diluted. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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