dilution

noun
di·​lu·​tion | \ dī-ˈlü-shən How to pronounce dilution (audio) , də- \

Definition of dilution

1 : the action of diluting : the state of being diluted
2 : something (such as a solution) that is diluted
3 : a lessening of real value (as of equity) by a decrease in relative worth specifically : a decrease of per share value of common stock by an increase in the total number of shares

Examples of dilution in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite her concerns about the individual mind’s dilution in the great tidal insanity of Online Discourse, Lockwood is a stylist who only ever sounds like herself. Jordan Kisner, The Atlantic, "The Wicked Virtuosity of Patricia Lockwood," 13 Feb. 2021 Racial vote dilution in school-district elections is common but legal fights over it are relatively rare because these cases are so time-consuming and expensive, said NYCLU attorney Perry Grossman. WSJ, "After Civil-Rights Case, Parents Seek Louder Voice in New York School District Vote," 30 Jan. 2021 Only a person who had gone to Harvard could possibly have a problem with this – Harvard-grads being notoriously sensitive about the dilution of their brand by the hoi polloi. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Family contacts with abusive ex continue to hurt," 18 Jan. 2021 The cumulative effect has been the dilution of crucial public-health messaging. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "The Rise of COVID Denial," 31 Oct. 2020 Depending on your point of view, in this area Cardin is either a visionary or a cautionary case study in brand dilution through licensing. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "5 Things You Didn’t Know About the French Design Legend Pierre Cardin," 29 Dec. 2020 This case is absolutely not about the expansion or dilution of voter rights. ... Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Georgia judge throws out GOP request to limit ballot drop box hours," 25 Dec. 2020 One significant downside for companies that go the SPAC route is dilution, or a lessening of the value of stakes owned by the acquisition target’s current shareholders. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "IPOs are hot in Silicon Valley. SPACs are even hotter," 24 Dec. 2020 After thawing, Moderna vaccine can last in the refrigerator for 30 days and does not require dilution. USA Today, "How coronavirus vaccines will be shipped and distributed using cold chain technologies," 21 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of dilution

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dilution.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dilution. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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dilution

noun
di·​lu·​tion | \ dī-ˈlü-shən How to pronounce dilution (audio) , də- \

Kids Definition of dilution

1 : the act of making thinner or more liquid : the state of being made thinner or more liquid
2 : something (as a solution) that has had something added to it to make it thinner or more liquid

dilution

noun
di·​lu·​tion | \ dī-ˈlü-shən, də- How to pronounce dilution (audio) \

Medical Definition of dilution

1 : the action of diluting : the state of being diluted
2 : something (as a solution) that is diluted

dilution

noun
di·​lu·​tion | \ dī-ˈlü-shən, də- How to pronounce dilution (audio) \

Legal Definition of dilution

1 : a lessening of real value (as of equity) by a decrease in relative worth specifically : a decrease of the value per share of common stock caused by an increase in the total number of shares
2 : a lessening of the value of a trademark that is caused by use of the mark by another and that creates potential confusion on the part of the consumer
3 : a weakening of the voting rights of a group of citizens (as a minority) because the representatives they elect have no greater legislative power than the representatives elected by smaller voting groups

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