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Etymology Edit

From Latin dīlūtus, from dīluere (to wash away, dissolve, cause to melt, dilute), from dī-, dis- (away, apart) + luere (to wash). See lave, and compare deluge.

Pronunciation Edit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /daɪˈljuːt/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /daɪˈlut/, /dɪˈlut/
  • Rhymes: -uːt

Verb Edit

dilute (third-person singular simple present dilutes, present participle diluting, simple past and past participle diluted)

  1. (transitive) To make thinner by adding solvent to a solution, especially by adding water.
    • 1712, Richard Blackmore, Creation: A Philosophical Poem:
      Mix their watery store / With the chyle's current, and dilute it more.
  2. (transitive) To weaken, especially by adding a foreign substance.
  3. (transitive, stock market) To cause the value of individual shares or the stake of a shareholder to decrease by increasing the total number of shares.
  4. (intransitive) To become attenuated, thin, or weak.
    It dilutes easily.

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Adjective Edit

dilute (comparative more dilute, superlative most dilute)

  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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Noun Edit

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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Participle Edit


  1. vocative masculine singular of dīlūtus