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Meaning of DILUTE

Pronunciation:  di'loot

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  reduced in strength or concentration or quality or purity; "diluted alcohol"; "a dilute solution"; "dilute acetic acid"
  2. [v]  lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture; "cut bourbon"
  3. [v]  corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones; "adulterate liquor"

DILUTE is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: adulterate, cut, cut, debase, diluted, reduce, stretch, thin, thin out, thinned, washy, watery, weak, weakened, white
 Antonyms: undiluted
 See Also: corrupt, doctor, doctor up, sophisticate, spoil, water down, weaken



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Di*lute"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Diluted}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Diluting}.] [L. dilutus, p. p. of diluere to wash away,
    dilute; di- = dis- + luere, equiv. to lavare to wash, lave.
    See {Lave}, and cf. {Deluge}.]
    1. To make thinner or more liquid by admixture with
       something; to thin and dissolve by mixing.
             Mix their watery store. With the chyle's current,
             and dilute it more.                   --Blackmore.
    2. To diminish the strength, flavor, color, etc., of, by
       mixing; to reduce, especially by the addition of water; to
       temper; to attenuate; to weaken.
             Lest these colors should be diluted and weakened by
             the mixture of any adventitious light. --Sir I.
  2. \Di*lute"\, v. i.
    To become attenuated, thin, or weak; as, it dilutes easily.
  3. \Di*lute"\, a. [L. dilutus, p. p.]
    Diluted; thin; weak.
          A dilute and waterish exposition.        --Hopkins.
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