American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make thinner or less concentrated by adding a liquid such as water.
- v. To lessen the force, strength, purity, or brilliance of, especially by admixture.
- v. To decrease the value of (shares of stock) by increasing the total number of shares.
- adj. Weakened; diluted.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To render more liquid; make thin or more fluid, as by mixture of a fluid of less with one of greater consistence; attenuate the strength or consistence of: often used figuratively: as, to dilute a narrative with weak reflections.
- Hence To weaken, as spirit or an acid, by an admixture of water or other liquid, which renders the spirit or acid less concentrated.
- To make weak or weaker, as color, by mixture; reduce the strength or standard of.
- To become liquid or more liquid; become thin or reduced in strength: as, vinegar dilutes easily.
- Thin; attenuated; reduced in strength, as spirit or color.
- Weak; paltry; poor.
- v. transitive To make thinner by adding solvent to a solution; especially by adding water.
- v. transitive To weaken, especially by adding a foreign substance.
- v. transitive, stock market To cause the value of individual shares to decrease by increasing the total number of shares.
- adj. Having a low concentration.
- adj. Weak; reduced in strength due to dilution, diluted.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make thinner or more liquid by admixture with something; to thin and dissolve by mixing.
- v. To diminish the strength, flavor, color, etc., of, by mixing; to reduce, especially by the addition of water; to temper; to attenuate; to weaken.
- v. To become attenuated, thin, or weak.
- adj. Diluted; thin; weak.
- adj. reduced in strength or concentration or quality or purity
- v. lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture
- v. corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones
- From Latin dilutus, from diluere ("to wash away, dissolve, cause to melt, dilute"), from di-, dis- ("away, apart") + luere ("to wash"). See lave, and compare deluge. (Wiktionary)
- Latin dīluere, dīlūt- : dī-, dis-, apart, away; see dis- + -luere, to wash (from lavere; see leu(ə)- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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