verb (used with object), ex·ten·u·at·ed, ex·ten·u·at·ing.
- to make thin, lean, or emaciated.
- to reduce the consistency or density of.
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Origin of extenuate
OTHER WORDS FROM extenuateex·ten·u·at·ing, adjectiveex·ten·u·a·tive, adjectiveex·ten·u·a·tor, nounnon·ex·ten·u·a·tive, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for extenuate
To be fair, there were some seriously extenuating circumstances this year.The Unexpected Benefits of Thinking for Yourself in an Age of Polling|by Stephen Engelberg|November 9, 2020|ProPublica
Carol Miller believes that this time around, the presidential election not only feels different because of the current state of the country, but also because of extenuating circumstances specific to her parish.
In reply, I can only say that I have nothing extenuated, and set down nought in malice.Ancient Pagan and Modern Christian Symbolism|Thomas Inman
I know the caution is given to a brave man, and nothing shall be extenuated.The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas|James Fenimore Cooper
Still, being a liberal-minded bird, he extenuated the professor's conduct as far as possible.'That Very Mab'|May Kendall and Andrew Lang
Now by confining his Rudeness to little People, the Fault is much extenuated.
He has stored a picture gallery in which posterity may see them as they lived, nothing extenuated nor anything set down in malice.
British Dictionary definitions for extenuate
- to emaciate or weaken
- to dilute or thin out