- The definition of attenuate is to weaken or reduce.
An example of attenuate is to destroy many members of an opposing force.
- Attenuate is defined as to reduce the strength of an electrical signal.
To lower the amplitude of an electrical signal is an example of attenuate.
- to make slender or thin
- to dilute or rarefy
- to lessen in severity, value, amount, intensity, etc.; weaken
- Electronics to reduce the amplitude or strength of (an electrical signal)
- Microbiol. to reduce the virulence of (a bacterium or virus) usually to make a vaccine
Origin of attenuate; from Classical Latin attenuatus, past participle of attenuare, to make thin ; from ad- to + tenuare ; from tenuis, thin
- Bot. tapering gradually to a point, as the base of a leaf
verbat·ten·u·at·ed, at·ten·u·at·ing, at·ten·u·ates
- To make slender, fine, or small: The drought attenuated the river to a narrow channel.
- To reduce in force, value, amount, or degree; weaken: Medicine attenuated the fever's effect.
- To lessen the density of; rarefy.
- Biology To make (bacteria or viruses) less virulent.
- Electronics To reduce (the amplitude of an electrical signal) with little or no distortion.
- Reduced or weakened, as in strength, value, or virulence.
- Botany Gradually tapering to a slender point.
Origin of attenuateLatin attenuare, attenuat- : ad-, ad- + tenuare, to make thin (from tenuis, thin; see ten- in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present attenuates, present participle attenuating, simple past and past participle attenuated)
(comparative more attenuate, superlative most attenuate)
attenuate - Computer Definition
To reduce, lower, lessen. The term is commonly used with regard to signals in electronic circuitry and communications.