water down

verb
watered down; watering down; waters down

Definition of water down

transitive verb

: to reduce or temper the force or effectiveness of watered down the plan

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Other Words from water down

watered-down \ ˈwȯ-​tərd-​ˈdau̇n How to pronounce watered-down (audio) , ˈwä-​ \ adjective

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Examples of water down in a Sentence

watered down the cocktails while jacking up their prices
Recent Examples on the Web Shortening its title actually takes away from that self-realization instead of making it clear, watering down the importance of Harley's new mindset. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "The Complicated Reason Margot Robbie’s Birds Of Prey Is Changing Its Iconic Title," 12 Feb. 2020 House Democrats will vote Thursday on legislation that amounts to a wish list for unions but waters down one measure labor leaders have wanted for years: card check. Sean Higgins, Washington Examiner, "Diminished expectations: Democratic labor bill waters down 'card check'," 5 Feb. 2020 The move was widely criticized in the publishing industry as watering down the impact of the award. Washington Post, "In first, Turner Prize for art goes to all 4 finalists," 3 Dec. 2019 Tovolo’s 2 1/2- inch individually formed ice spheres elevate the cocktail experience both aesthetically and by melting more slowly than the average cube, which keeps your drink from getting watered down. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "Pop the cork on 10 gifts of beer, wine and spirits lovers," 7 Nov. 2019 From FBCA’s roster, Matthew Ybarra and Brayden Evans, the team’s leading scorer, scored buckets late in the third to help water down Gordon’s production. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "FBCA falls to 0-2 in district after 59-47 loss to Logos Preparatory," 10 Jan. 2020 Lobbyists who represent generic drug makers, all of whom were pushing hard for CREATES, claim Republicans in Congress were trying to water down the bill. Nicholas Florko, STAT, "Washington took a decade to approve an obscure drug-pricing bill. That’s a bad omen for more ambitious reforms," 7 Jan. 2020 Firefighters used tower trucks to pour water down onto the burning buildings, according to dispatch radio traffic. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee firefighters battle two-alarm fire early Friday; at least three buildings damaged," 20 Dec. 2019 Daring, defiant and unwilling to be watered down, the stars who closed out the year on top shared a similar mentality: break rules, break through. Maya Salam, New York Times, "The Biggest Breakout Stars of 2019," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of water down

1811, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of water down was in 1811

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24 Feb 2020

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“Water down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20down. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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