An example of to dilute is to pour soda into a cup of liquor.
- to thin down or weaken as by mixing with water or other liquid
- to change or weaken (in brilliance, force, effect, etc.) by mixing with something else
Origin of dilute; from Classical Latin dilutus, past participle of diluere, to wash away ; from dis-, off, from + luere, variant, variety of lavare, to lave
transitive verbdi·lut·ed, di·lut·ing, di·lutes
- To make thinner or less concentrated by adding a liquid such as water.
- To lessen the force, strength, purity, or brilliance of, especially by admixture.
- To decrease the value of (shares of stock) by increasing the total number of shares.
Origin of diluteLatin dīluere, dīlūt- : dī-, dis-, apart, away; see dis– + -luere, to wash (from lavere; see leu(&schwa;)- in Indo-European roots).
- di·lut′er, di·lut′or
(third-person singular simple present dilutes, present participle diluting, simple past and past participle diluted)
- To make thinner by adding solvent to a solution; especially by adding water.
- To weaken, especially by adding a foreign substance.
- (stock market) To cause the value of individual shares to decrease by increasing the total number of shares.
- (intransitive) To become attenuated, thin, or weak.
- it dilutes easily
(comparative more dilute, superlative most dilute)