water down

verb

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, ˈwä- \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for water down

Synonyms

adulterate, cut, dilute, extend, lace, sophisticate, thin, weaken

Antonyms

enrich, fortify, richen, strengthen

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Examples of water down in a Sentence

watered down the cocktails while jacking up their prices

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The 2026 tournament will be different, watered down, weird. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "2026 World Cup jointly hosted by U.S. will be weird, watered-down — and spectacular," 10 July 2018 It was significantly watered down from earlier versions that proposed significant benefit cuts. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Judge strikes down Kentucky's pension reform law: 5 things to know," 20 June 2018 In short, skewing the election results to give Republicans more seats watered down his influence over the policy process. Barry C. Burden, Washington Post, "The Supreme Court decided not to decide Wisconsin’s gerrymandering case. But here’s why it will be back.," 19 June 2018 And when the governor made derogatory remarks about teachers who had protested and succeeded in convincing lawmakers to greatly water down the pension bill, he was widely criticized within his own party. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "Matt Bevin bashes Andy Beshear but won't say he's in governor's race," 10 July 2018 Now our watered down health care is making decisions based on cost and not what’s best for the patient. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 5 June 2018 By Thursday morning, before it was even released, some of the President's most faithful followers had already written a letter to Horowitz complaining the report had been watered down. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "Inspector General Criticizes FBI and Comey, But Some Want More," 14 June 2018 There’s no guarantee that new privacy rules won’t be watered down. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Make No Mistake, Mark Zuckerberg's Appearance Fanned the Flames for More Privacy Rules," 11 Apr. 2018 FoRT advocates say this will water down the impact the test could have in improving the quality of reading instruction. Alan J. Borsuk, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Borsuk: Literacy may not be a constitutional right, but it's a life imperative," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of water down

1811, in the meaning defined above

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