• (British) IPA: /daɪˈljuːt/
  • (America) IPA: /daɪˈlut/, /dɪˈlut/

dilute (dilutes, present participle diluting; past and past participle diluted)

  1. (transitive) To make thinner by adding solvent to a solution, especially by adding water.
    • Mix their watery store / With the chyle's current, and dilute it more.
  2. (transitive) To weaken, especially by adding a foreign substance.
    • Lest these colours should be diluted and weakened by the mixture of any adventitious light.
  3. (transitive, stock market) To cause the value of individual shares to decrease by increasing the total number of shares.
  4. (intransitive) To become attenuated, thin, or weak.
    It dilutes easily.
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  • Russian: размывать


  1. Having a low concentration.
    Clean the panel with a dilute, neutral cleaner.
  2. Weak; reduced in strength by dilution; diluted.
  3. Of an animal: having a lighter-coloured coat than is usual.
    a dilute calico
    a cat with a dilute tortoiseshell coat
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dilute (plural dilutes)

  1. An animal having a lighter-coloured coat than is usual.
    • 2000, Joe Stahlkuppe, American Pit Bull Terrier Handbook (page 131)
      On average, blues and other dilutes have weaker coats and skin problems seem more prevalent in the dilutes.

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