water down

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

Other Words from water down

watered-down \ ˈwȯ-​tərd-​ˈdau̇n How to pronounce water 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 Inside the domes, a powerful motor pushes an incoming stream of water down into an injection well. Vince Beiser, Wired, 28 Dec. 2021 The shot of the day came off the tee shot by Charlie on the par-3 17th, a tricky hole with water down the left side. USA TODAY, 19 Dec. 2021 Initially suspended from global sports for four years, Russia has spent years working to overturn — or at the very least water down — its punishment. New York Times, 26 July 2021 His obsession with racial equity led him to water down admissions to selective high schools, phase out gifted and talented programs in grade schools and punish charters at every turn. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 30 Dec. 2021 In Texas, the Democrat-leaning urban votes are split up so suburban and rural areas water down their influence, creating extra opportunities for Republicans to win seats. Tyler Olson, Fox News, 8 Dec. 2021 Don’t water down Thursday night’s accomplishments with any disclaimer. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, 12 Nov. 2021 Fans worried their signing to a major indie label would water down their distinctly layered vocals or fluctuating rhythms should have no fear. Britt Julious, chicagotribune.com, 24 Dec. 2021 The Boch brand name, Chris Dagesse said, remains too valuable to give up or water down. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Sep. 2021

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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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17 Jan 2022

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“Water down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20down. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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