verb (used with object), at·ten·u·at·ed, at·ten·u·at·ing.
verb (used without object), at·ten·u·at·ed, at·ten·u·at·ing.
Origin of attenuate
Related Words for attenuatedebilitate, constrict, vitiate, mitigate, extenuate, cripple, lessen, deflate, dissipate, enfeeble, disable, contract, abate, sap, shrink, undermine, thin
Examples from the Web for attenuate
Contemporary Examples of attenuate
Israeli retaliation of some kind is probably inevitable, but American influence can do much to attenuate the damage it causes.The Palestinian Choice—And Ours
November 26, 2012
Historical Examples of attenuate
The Venetian shutters often had to be lowered in the summer to attenuate the great heat.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
It will attenuate, at least with respect to him, the severity of simple minds.Cosmopolis, Complete
I shall not attempt to laugh off the question, or to attenuate its importance.Chapter of Autobiography
W E Gladstone
It does not attenuate the power and originality of his themes that they are essentially of the piano.Unicorns
It would not have been difficult to attenuate the coincidence.Play-Making
adjective (əˈtɛnjʊɪt, -ˌeɪt)
Word Origin for attenuate
"to make thin, to make less," 1520s, from Latin attenuatus "enfeebled, weak," past participle of attenuare "to make thin, lessen, diminish," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + tenuare "make thin," from tenuis "thin" (see tenet). Related: Attenuated; attenuating. Earlier was Middle English attenuen "to make thin (in consistency)," early 15c.