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

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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 The Chainsmokers' music has been called simplistic, watered down and boring. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Saturday night's alright for The Chainsmokers and 5 Seconds of Summer," 3 Nov. 2019 Some insiders think that policies such as the employee-ownership fund will be watered down. The Economist, "A Labour government would radically transform Britain," 30 Oct. 2019 Federal plans call for pumping millions of gallons of groundwater out of the region to build the wall's concrete base and water down the dusty roads within the park. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Border Wall Now Threatens a National Monument," 21 Sep. 2019 It had been corrupted and watered down by a following that lacked both dedication and message discipline. Alexander Sammon, The New Republic, "The Last of the Ayn Rand Acolytes," 14 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of water down

1811, in the meaning defined above

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17 Nov 2019

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The first known use of water down was in 1811

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