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 The legislation was diluted, at the request of Gov. Jared Polis, to address legitimate public safety concerns. Doug Friednash, The Denver Post, "Friednash: ICE officials are weaving a false web about Colorado’s “sanctuary state”," 5 Dec. 2019 Created by Tony Basgallop, the series is so broadly drawn that its satirical aspects, in terms of privileged yuppies and parenting, get diluted. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Servant' is eerie but can't overcome its worm-ridden twist," 28 Nov. 2019 Now Sewell is afraid of history repeating itself across the United States, in the form of restrictive voter ID laws and gerrymandering districts to target minority voters and dilute the power of their vote. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "The fight for voting rights is personal for Rep. Terri Sewell," 11 Dec. 2018 If the bubble moves too fast, people might assume it's been diluted with some kind of additive. Amanda Sealy And Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, "The vaping black market is hiding in plain sight," 24 Dec. 2019 One agar artist collected soil from their backyard, diluted it, and spread it on the agar plate to see what could grow. Jennifer Tsang, National Geographic, "This gorgeous art was made with a surprising substance: live bacteria," 20 Nov. 2019 Health care legislation, on the other hand, comes down to Congress, and any president’s plan will be, at best, heavily diluted through the legislative process. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, "Let’s Get Into a Fight About Foreign Policy," 1 Aug. 2019 Supply doesn’t necessarily keep pace with demand: there weren’t enough pomegranate trees in the world to meet the sudden surge in consumption, so a lot of the supposedly pure pomegranate juice was diluted with cheaper fruits such as apple or grape. The Economist, "What’s so super about super foods?," 1 Nov. 2019 The goal is to accurately represent the artist's intent, which is often diluted or distorted by TVs bloated with features to differentiate them from other similar TVs in the marketplace. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Film & TV makers debut new feature to end the “soap opera effect” scourge," 29 Aug. 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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21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dilute.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dilutor. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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More Definitions for dilute

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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