water down

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water down (third-person singular simple present waters down, present participle watering down, simple past and past participle watered down)

  1. To dilute; to add water to.
    You need to water down the lemonade a bit more to make it less sweet, dear.
  2. (idiomatic) To make weaker.
  3. (idiomatic) To simplify or oversimplify; to make easier; to make less difficult.
    If you plan to teach this material to children, you may need to water it down.
  4. (idiomatic) To make less restrictive; to make more lenient.

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