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 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Which?, said the government must ensure that joining the partnership does not dilute standards. Pan Pylas, Star Tribune, "UK readies application to join Pacific trade partnership," 30 Jan. 2021 Typically, they are structured so the management team gets shares that dilute the investors’ stake, and investment banking fees also eat into their investment. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Why SPACs are booming in New York but not in London," 13 Jan. 2021 In one of his audio memos, from January 2016, Franco A. would later describe the guest worker program as a deliberate strategy to dilute German ethnicity. New York Times, "A Far-Right Terrorism Suspect With a Refugee Disguise: The Tale of Franco A.," 29 Dec. 2020 The kits Vaccinating the nation also requires the simultaneous mass distribution of face masks, needles, syringes and alcohol wipes needed to administer shots, along with saline solution to dilute vials and create doses. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "The Mass Distribution of Covid-19 Vaccines Is Under Way. ‘Everything Has to Come Together.’," 14 Dec. 2020 Lucero and Carson argued that the extended deadline will confuse voters and dilute the ballots received by the regular 8 p.m. Election Day deadline. Stephen Montemayor, Star Tribune, "Federal judge denies GOP challenge to Minnesota's extended absentee ballot deadline," 12 Oct. 2020 Meanwhile, as a countermeasure, the silo was filling with water to douse potential flames and dilute the vapor. Vince Guerrieri, Popular Mechanics, "40 Years Ago, We Almost Blew Up Arkansas," 18 Sep. 2020 Here’s a radical solution that could empower more black politicians: Rewrite Boston’s city charter to dilute the powerful authority of the mayor’s position, an office dominated by a succession of 48 white men since its creation in 1822. BostonGlobe.com, "A better Boston? The choice is ours," 16 Dec. 2017 Georgia’s runoffs, the vestige of segregationist efforts to dilute Black voting power, will determine control of the Senate in races to be decided on Jan. 5. Carl Hulse, New York Times, "Democrats Work to Defy History in Georgia Runoffs That Have Favored G.O.P.," 14 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For example, Wilson’s team is exploring whether dilute acids speed up weathering. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Industrial waste can turn planet-warming carbon dioxide into stone," 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, "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

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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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24 Feb 2021

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“Dilute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dilute. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for dilute

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)

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 dilute (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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