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Definition of dilute verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    dilute

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//daɪˈluːt//
     
    , also BrE//daɪˈljuːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈluːt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dilute
    BrE BrE//daɪˈluːt//
     
    , also BrE//daɪˈljuːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈluːt//
     
    he / she / it dilutes
    BrE BrE//daɪˈluːts//
     
    , BrE//daɪˈljuːts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈluːts//
     
    past simple diluted
    BrE BrE//daɪˈluːtɪd//
     
    , BrE//daɪˈljuːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈluːtɪd//
     
    past participle diluted
    BrE BrE//daɪˈluːtɪd//
     
    , BrE//daɪˈljuːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈluːtɪd//
     
    -ing form diluting
    BrE BrE//daɪˈluːtɪŋ//
     
    , BrE//daɪˈljuːtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈluːtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1dilute something (with something) to make a liquid weaker by adding water or another liquid to it synonym water down Wordfinderabsorb, condense, dilute, dissolve, evaporate, filter, immerse, liquid, rinse, saturated The paint can be diluted with water to make a lighter shade.
  2. 2dilute something to make something weaker or less effective synonym water down Large classes dilute the quality of education that children receive.
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin dilut- ‘washed away, dissolved’, from the verb diluere.Extra examples The effect of this policy has now been considerably diluted. The fragrances are highly diluted. The perfumes are diluted in vegetable oils.
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