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dilute

[ dih-loot, dahy-; adjective also dahy-loot ]
/ d瑟藞lut, da瑟-; adjective also 藞da瑟 lut /
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verb (used with object), di路lut路ed, di路lut路ing.
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.
verb (used without object), di路lut路ed, di路lut路ing.
to become diluted.
adjective
reduced in strength, as a chemical by admixture; weak: a dilute solution.
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Origin of dilute

1545鈥55; <Latin d墨l奴tus washed away, dissolved (past participle of d墨luere), equivalent to d墨-di-2 + -l奴tus, combining form of lautus (lav(ere) to wash + -tus past participle suffix)

OTHER WORDS FROM dilute

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH dilute

dilate, dilute
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British Dictionary definitions for dilute

dilute
/ (da瑟藞lu藧t) /

verb
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
adjective
chem
  1. (of a solution, suspension, mixture, etc) having a low concentration or a concentration that has been reduced by admixture
  2. (of a substance) present in solution, esp a weak solution in waterdilute acetic acid

Derived forms of dilute

dilutee, noundiluter, noun

Word Origin for dilute

C16: from Latin d墨luere, from dis- apart + -luere, from lav膩re to wash
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Medical definitions for dilute

dilute
[ d墨-l艒艒t, d沫- ]

v.
To reduce a solution or mixture in concentration, quality, strength, or purity, as by adding water.
adj.
Thinned or weakened by diluting.
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