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Meaning of ATTENUATE

Pronunciation:  [adj]u'tenyooit, [v]u'tenyoo`eyt, u'tenyu`weyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  reduced in strength; "the faded tones of an old recording"
  2. [v]  become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude
  3. [v]  weaken the consistency of (a chemical substance)

ATTENUATE is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: attenuated, decreased, faded, rarefy, reduced, weakened
 See Also: refine, weaken



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \At*ten"u*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Attenuated}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Attenuating}.] [L. attenuatus, p. p. of
    attenuare; ad + tenuare to make thin, tenuis thin. See
    1. To make thin or slender, as by mechanical or chemical
       action upon inanimate objects, or by the effects of
       starvation, disease, etc., upon living bodies.
    2. To make thin or less consistent; to render less viscid or
       dense; to rarefy. Specifically: To subtilize, as the
       humors of the body, or to break them into finer parts.
    3. To lessen the amount, force, or value of; to make less
       complex; to weaken.
             To undersell our rivals . . . has led the
             manufacturer to . . . attenuate his processes, in
             the allotment of tasks, to an extreme point. --I.
             We may reject and reject till we attenuate history
             into sapless meagerness.              --Sir F.
  2. \At*ten"u*ate\, v. i.
    To become thin, slender, or fine; to grow less; to lessen.
          The attention attenuates as its sphere contracts.
  3. \At*ten"u*ate\, Attenuated \At*ten"u*a`ted\, a. [L.
    attenuatus, p. p.]
    1. Made thin or slender.
    2. Made thin or less viscid; rarefied. --Bacon.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Tapering gradually.
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