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.
- attenuated virus,
Origin of attenuate
Examples from the Web for attenuate
Israeli retaliation of some kind is probably inevitable, but American influence can do much to attenuate the damage it causes.
The Venetian shutters often had to be lowered in the summer to attenuate the great heat.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete|Emile Zola
A tight beam tends to attenuate when it is thrown a hundred thousand miles.Space Tug|Murray Leinster
Neither were they distant; they were close to me, but attenuate.Lilith|George MacDonald
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.