An example of to dilute is to pour soda into a cup of liquor.
transitive verb-·lut′ed, -·lut′ing
- 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 dilutefrom 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(ə)- 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)