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

Other Words from dilute

Verb

diluter or dilutor \ dī-​ˈlü-​tər How to pronounce dilute (audio) , də-​ \ noun
dilutive \ dī-​ˈlü-​tiv How to pronounce dilute (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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Free speech is not a license to endorse things like replacement theory, this terrible, terrible theory that there's an elite, many of them Jews, trying to replace America with a Black and Brown nation to dilute the power of white people. NBC News, 15 May 2022 Looking back, Osborne wonders if the destruction of his old neighborhood was an effort to dilute the growing power of the city’s Black community. Philip Marcelo, Chicago Tribune, 6 May 2022 Critics have accused the task force of attempting to dilute the political power of the city’s progressives and of breaking up LGBTQ and Black communities. Lauren Hernández, Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Apr. 2022 Pro-China accounts have been flooding Twitter with messages that include the hashtag #GenocideGames, in what researchers say is an effort to dilute the hashtag’s power to galvanize criticism of the Winter Olympics host nation. Georgia Wells, WSJ, 8 Feb. 2022 It was intended to dilute minorities’ voting power. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Jan. 2022 During her campaign, Le Pen pledged to dilute French ties with the 27-nation EU, NATO and Germany, moves that would have shaken Europe’s security architecture as the continent deals with its worst conflict since World War II. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Apr. 2022 During her campaign, Le Pen pledged to dilute French ties with the 27-nation EU, NATO and Germany, moves that would have shaken Europe’s security architecture as the continent deals with its worst conflict since World War II. John Leicester, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Apr. 2022 This would effectively dilute the billionaire’s stake. Fortune, 20 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For example, Wilson’s team is exploring whether dilute acids speed up weathering. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, 3 Sep. 2020 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, 5 June 2018 Tests pick it up even in dilute wastewater,'' the story reports. Bob Warren, NOLA.com, 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, 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, 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, 27 Apr. 2017 Cincinnati: LB Reuben Foster, Alabama (6-0, 229) — A dilute sample at the combine? Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, 26 Apr. 2017 These works contained a very dilute formaldehyde solution that was contained within sealed tanks. Christopher D. Shea, New York Times, 21 Apr. 2016 See More

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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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19 May 2022

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“Dilute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dilute. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for dilute

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.

dilute

transitive verb
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 dilute (audio) \ noun

dilute

adjective

Medical Definition of dilute (Entry 2 of 2)

: of relatively low strength or concentration a dilute solution

dilute

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

Legal Definition of dilute

: to cause dilution of

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