from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To lessen or attempt to lessen the magnitude or seriousness of, especially by providing partial excuses. See Synonyms at palliate.
- transitive v. Archaic To make thin or emaciated.
- transitive v. Archaic To reduce the strength of.
- transitive v. Obsolete To belittle; disparage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make thin or slender; to draw out so as to lessen the thickness.
- v. To lessen; to palliate; to lessen or weaken the force of; to diminish the conception of, as crime, guilt, faults, ills, accusations, etc.; -- opposed to aggravate.
- v. To lower or degrade; to detract from.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make thin or slender; to draw out so as to lessen the thickness.
- transitive v. To lessen; to palliate; to lessen or weaken the force of; to diminish the conception of, as crime, guilt, faults, ills, accusations, etc.; -- opposed to
- transitive v. To lower or degrade; to detract from.
- intransitive v. To become thinner; to make excuses; to advance palliating considerations.
- adj. Thin; slender.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make thin, lean, slender, or rare; reduce in thickness or density; draw out; attenuate.
- To make smaller in degree or appearance; make less blamable in fact or in estimation; lower in importance or degree, as a fault or crime; mitigate; palliate: opposed to aggravate.
- To detract from, as a person or thing; lessen in honor, estimation, or importance.
- Synonyms See palliate.
- To become thin or thinner or more slender; be drawn out or attenuated.
- Thin; slender.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
Latin extenuāre, extenuāt- : ex-, ex- + tenuāre, to make thin (from tenuis, thin; see ten- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin extenuatus, past participle of extenuare ("to make thin, loosen, weaken") from ex ("out") + tenuare ("to make thin"), from tenuis ("thin"). (Wiktionary)