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

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Other Words from water down

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for water down


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


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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Consequentially, Parliament has been grossly watered down and twisted to be at the service of regime survival. Moses Khisa, Quartz Africa, "President Museveni has twisted Uganda’s constitution to cling to power," 21 June 2019 The idea was watered down by the Swedish government, then scrapped in the 1990s. The Economist, "The winner (no longer) takes it all," 15 June 2019 French president Emmanuel Macron dreams of a huge economic stabilization fund, while hawkish countries such as the Netherlands are less keen and have already watered down those plans. Alan Murray, Fortune, "The Art of the Deal: CEO Daily," 14 June 2019 Storms sent a torrent of water down one Covington street. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "Water damaged Ludlow city building: Sleepy Hollow closed indefinitely," 17 June 2019 That should be a relief to investors and gamers, who worried that Tour could be watered down. Bloomberg News, The Denver Post, "Mario Kart Tour shows promise of mobile hit for Nintendo," 9 June 2019 And aldermen watered down a 2016 ordinance to give Ferguson greater reach into their business. John Byrne, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says City Council must support her ethics plan: 'It's a new day'," 12 June 2019 The Big 12 looks watered down across the board, and there’s an obvious opportunity for the Bears to capitalize. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Top 25 Reset: How Draft Decisions Changed Our 2019-20 Preseason Rankings," 5 June 2019 Gowdy accused Comey of watering down his initial statement on the investigation's findings and making other decisions on his own. Brooke Singman, Fox News, "Gowdy scorches Comey in blistering opening statement at IG hearing," 19 June 2018

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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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