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.
- di·lut·er, di·lu·tor, noun
- di·lu·tive, adjective
- an·ti·di·lu·tive, adjective
- o·ver·di·lute, verb, o·ver·di·lut·ed, o·ver·di·lut·ing.
- un·di·lute, adjective
- un·di·lut·ed, adjective
- un·di·lut·ing, adjective
- dilate, dilute
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How to use dilute in a sentence
Specifically, the commentary discusses the theory of variolation, an pre-vaccine form of inoculation that uses a dilute form of the smallpox virus to give people a mild infection that would lead to lifelong immunity to the virus.Wearing a mask could protect you from COVID-19 in more ways than you think | Kat Eschner | September 10, 2020 | Popular-Science
Tesla also announced it had sold $5 billion of new shares, diluting the value of stock held by existing investors.
Unfortunately, Lo says, in many schools, these systems don’t mix the air well enough to dilute any virus.
Mixing dilutes the indoor air, spreading out any virus it may hold.
Tesla shares are now officially in correction territory, in a week that saw the electric-vehicle maker announce a share sale that could dilute its value and a top holder cut its stake nearly in half.Over the past three days, Tesla’s stock has dropped 18% | Verne Kopytoff | September 3, 2020 | Fortune
You would have to be drinking LITERS of water to dilute your stomach acid in any meaningful way.Quora Q: Does Drinking Water During Meals Help or Hinder the Digestive System? | Quora Contributor | January 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The other obvious way to help your body deal with excessive toxins from that large meal is to dilute the toxins by drinking more.
To dilute the bitterness, the less-than-brave steep them in green tea.
The minute you undermine the insurance, or dilute it, a bank run might ensue.
I also refuse to dilute the power of the accusation through inaccurate overuse.
The metal is then removed, and washed successively with very dilute sodium hydroxid solution, alcohol, and ether.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
The remainder of the residue may be dissolved in a little dilute sulphuric acid.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
It dissolves in dilute potash, and on the addition of acetic acid is deposited in a pure state.Elements of Agricultural Chemistry | Thomas Anderson
The ether solution was washed with water and dilute sodium carbonate solution, and the ether was evaporated.Some Constituents of the Poison Ivy Plant: (Rhus Toxicodendron) | William Anderson Syme
When the small residue was completely dry, it was a yellow solid soluble in dilute alcohol and acid to litmus.Some Constituents of the Poison Ivy Plant: (Rhus Toxicodendron) | William Anderson Syme
British Dictionary definitions for dilute
to make or become less concentrated, esp by adding water or a thinner
to make or become weaker in force, effect, etc: he 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 water: dilute acetic acid
- dilutee, noun
- diluter, noun
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