- 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 diluted
Importantly, as part of the interim plan, Iran has diluted or converted its stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium.Iran Nuke Deal: A Matter of War or Peace
November 23, 2014
The idea that blends are just “diluted malts” was born and has contributed to its lasting image problem, Broom says.Don't Be a Single-Malt Scotch Snob
August 9, 2014
They pump their haul of diluted bitumen into tanker cars in the terminal's loading yard, thick with the smell of petroleum.Pipelines, Not Rail, Ctd.
April 10, 2013
And in France itself, those trends have diluted what people here still like to believe is their “exceptionalism.”My Horsemeat Lunch
February 27, 2013
Still, Mitt did echo Gore, a diluted imitation: “My mom and dad gave their kids the greatest gift of all—unconditional love.”Romney’s Lame Speech Might Have Gone Better Had He Learned From Bush 1 and Al Gore
September 1, 2012
It may also be diluted with other liquids and used for a beverage.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
This will make strong coffee, which can be diluted with boiling water as required.The Skilful Cook
The acid is mixed with the diluted electrolyte outside of the plates.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
Now get some hydrochloric acid (HCl) diluted with three parts of water.Common Science
Carleton W. Washburne
Cassy enjoyed the food, the diluted wine, Paliser's facile touch.The Paliser case
- 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 diluted
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.