dilute

verb
di·​lute | \ dī-ˈlüt How to pronounce dilute (audio) , 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 the bleach with water diluting juice with water
3 : to diminish the strength, flavor, or brilliance of (something) by or as if by admixture dilute a color But spreading the light out also dilutes it …— Michael Zeilik and John Gaustad
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 \ dī-​ˈlü-​tər How to pronounce dilutor (audio) , də-​ \ noun
dilutive \ dī-​ˈlü-​tiv How to pronounce dilutive (audio) , də-​ \ adjective

Adjective

diluteness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for dilute

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Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Schuchat said the substance might be unintentionally introduced to vaping products or intentionally added to dilute vaping liquids and cut down on the amount of THC added to a product. Megan Thielking, STAT, "In a breakthrough, health officials identify possible culprit behind vaping illnesses: vitamin E acetate," 8 Nov. 2019 Of course, when the district lines for the Alabama State Legislature were drawn after the last census, the lines were drawn to dilute the minority vote, thus diminishing the voice and representation of minorities. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Figures gives voice to Senate minority on abortion issue," 31 Oct. 2019 While some other brands have been found to dilute the vitamin E with carrier oils to create a lighter consistency, this pure grade option has a thick, honey-like consistency. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "Khloe Kardashian’s Favorite All-Natural Eyelash Treatment Is Kate Blanc Cosmetics’ Vitamin E Oil," 29 Oct. 2019 Conservative opponents called it a threat to the tradition of the priesthood, another troubling sign Francis was willing to dilute the faith to pursue a more inclusive, but less pure, church. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "Catholic Bishops Back Ordination of Married Men as Priests in Amazon Region, a Milestone," 26 Oct. 2019 The team had to dilute the whiskeys with water down to about 40-50% proof. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "American whiskeys leave behind a web-like “fingerprint” as they evaporate," 26 Oct. 2019 The elite are truly that — elite — and to dilute this by privileging diversity is a betrayal of core institutional and cultural values. John Warner, chicagotribune.com, "Is meritocracy a sham? Does diversification sacrifice excellence? Two Yale profs offer views in new books.," 20 Oct. 2019 Iraq’s new Hashemite king needed the Kurds, who were Sunnis, to dilute his Shia majority. The Economist, "Kurdish dreams of a homeland are always dashed," 17 Oct. 2019 Perhaps the squirrels drank a lot of water prehibernation to dilute their blood, the researchers thought. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Here’s how hibernating squirrels live for months without water," 1 Oct. 2019 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 1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1605, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dilute

Verb and Adjective

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

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The first known use of dilute was circa 1575

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dilute

verb
How to pronounce dilute (audio)

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)

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

dilute

verb
di·​lute | \ dī-ˈlüt How to pronounce dilute (audio) , 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- How to pronounce dilute (audio) \
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 How to pronounce dilutor (audio) \ 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- How to pronounce dilute (audio) \
diluted; diluting

Legal Definition of dilute

: to cause dilution of

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