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 But that's not the same thing as watering down the original vision. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: The Boys is the perfect therapy for chronic superhero fatigue," 9 Aug. 2019 Next, pour a kettle of boiling water down the sink to rinse. Melissa Rolland, courant.com, "Mom-Approved Household Hacks," 17 July 2019 Down the third-base line, home team manager Matt Gedman is watering down the infield before handing off the hose and heading for home plate for the pregame meeting with umpires dressed in blue. Thomas Farragher, BostonGlobe.com, "‘It’s like walking into a scrapbook’: How Pittsfield’s Waconah Park has endured," 16 July 2019 The levees are designed to handle only a portion of this flood; when a trigger point is met, the Corps is authorized to open one of the MR&T’s four floodways, sending the excess water down a different route to the Gulf of Mexico. Boyce Upholt, Time, "The Mississippi River Is Under Control—For Now," 9 May 2019 Raw milk used to produce powdered baby formula had been watered down and the chemical melamine was added to fool quality checks. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "China's Mengniu to buy baby formula maker Bellamy's for $1 billion," 16 Sep. 2019 Labor officials used a four-week recess beginning in mid-July to consolidate opposition to any agreement watering down A.B. 5 for gig workers. New York Times, "California Labor Bill, Near Passage, Is Blow to Uber and Lyft," 9 Sep. 2019 But social democracy’s watering down or even abandonment of its previous economic profile also helped the populist right in another way: by increasing the salience of social issues in political competition. Sheri Berman, Vox, "The development and decay of democracy," 18 June 2019 As Bloomberg reports, the tech industry made a last ditch push to water down the bill this month, but the effort came up short. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Here Comes America’s First Privacy Law: What the CCPA Means for Business and Consumers," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of water down

1811, in the meaning defined above

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3 Nov 2019

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The first known use of water down was in 1811

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