- to make (a liquid) thinner or weaker by the addition of water or the like.
- to make fainter, as a color.
- to reduce the strength, force, or efficiency of by admixture.
- to become diluted.
- reduced in strength, as a chemical by admixture; weak: a dilute solution.
Origin of dilute
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Examples from the Web for dilute
You would have to be drinking LITERS of water to dilute your stomach acid in any meaningful way.Quora Q: Does Drinking Water During Meals Help or Hinder the Digestive System?
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The other obvious way to help your body deal with excessive toxins from that large meal is to dilute the toxins by drinking more.How to Recover from Christmas
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To dilute the bitterness, the less-than-brave steep them in green tea.The Wildest Hangover Cures From Around the World
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The minute you undermine the insurance, or dilute it, a bank run might ensue.Cyprus on Fire? Blame the German Bullies.
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I also refuse to dilute the power of the accusation through inaccurate overuse.Hagel: Not An Anti-Semite, Just A Slob
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If either of the mixtures is too thick, dilute it with more cream.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Find the bottle marked "HCl, dilute 1-3," in which the acid is already diluted.Common Science
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They had no patience, so that they could not dilute and expand their stories in the Western way.Epic and Romance
W. P. Ker
Dilute with water in the proportion of one part of the solution to seventy-five of water.Checking the Waste
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By this method a dilute solution of the dioxide in water is obtained.An Elementary Study of Chemistry
- to make or become less concentrated, esp by adding water or a thinner
- to make or become weaker in force, effect, etche diluted his story
- (of a solution, suspension, mixture, etc) having a low concentration or a concentration that has been reduced by admixture
- (of a substance) present in solution, esp a weak solution in waterdilute acetic acid
Word Origin and History for dilute
1550s, from Latin dilutus, past participle of diluere "dissolve, wash away, dilute," from dis- "apart" + -luere, comb. form of lavere "to wash" (see lave). Related: Diluted; diluting. As an adjective from c.1600.
- To reduce a solution or mixture in concentration, quality, strength, or purity, as by adding water.
- Thinned or weakened by diluting.