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 attenuating
But in that hour which seemed pure essence, with no attenuating sound or touch, he kept on up the hill toward Jenny's house.Christmas|Zona Gale
The spell that for a moment her beauty had cast over him when first she had appeared had been attenuating.The Trampling of the Lilies|Rafael Sabatini
The idea of attenuating the virus used for inoculation, and of making the effects minimal, was not his.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)|Charles Creighton
Another process for attenuating the atmosphere over the surface of fluids during evaporation is by the action of an air-pump.
In the art of attenuating great reputations Anatole France has had few superiors.Egoists|James Huneker
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.