dilute

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin dilutus, from diluere (to wash away, dissolve, cause to melt, dilute), from di-, dis- (away, apart) + luere (to wash). See lave, and compare deluge.

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dilute (third-person singular simple present dilutes, present participle diluting, simple past and past participle diluted)

  1. (transitive) To make thinner by adding solvent to a solution; especially by adding water.
    • Blackmore
      Mix their watery store / With the chyle's current, and dilute it more.
  2. (transitive) To weaken, especially by adding a foreign substance.
    • Sir Isaac Newton
      Lest these colours should be diluted and weakened by the mixture of any adventitious light.
  3. (transitive, stock market) To cause the value of individual shares to decrease by increasing the total number of shares.
  4. (intransitive) To become attenuated, thin, or weak.
    it dilutes easily

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dilute (comparative more dilute, superlative most dilute)

  1. Having a low concentration.
    Clean the panel with a dilute, neutral cleaner.
  2. Weak; reduced in strength due to dilution, diluted.

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Participle[edit]

dīlūte

  1. vocative masculine singular of dīlūtus