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Definition of dilute verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//dɪˈlut//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dilute
    he / she / it dilutes
    past simple diluted
    -ing form diluting
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  1. 1dilute something (with something) to make a liquid weaker by adding water or another liquid to it synonym water somethingdown The paint can be diluted with water to make a lighter shade.
  2. 2dilute something to make something weaker or less effective synonym water somethingdown Large classes dilute the quality of education that children receive.
  3. NAmE//daɪˈluʃn//
    , NAmE//dɪˈluʃn//
    noun [uncountable] the dilution of sewage This is a serious dilution of their election promises.
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