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verb (tr, adverb)
to dilute or weaken with water
to modify or adulterate, esp so as to omit anything harsh, unpleasant, or offensiveto water down the truth
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Derived forms of water down

watered-down, adjective
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water down

Dilute or weaken, as in He watered down that unfavorable report with feeble excuses. [Mid-1800s]

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