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Attenuate meaning

attenuate - 10 dictionary results

  1. 1. To make thin or slender, as by mechanical or chemical action upon inanimate objects, or by the effects of starvation, disease, etc., upon living bodies.
  2. 2. To make thin or less consistent; to render less viscid or dense; to rarefy. Specifically: To subtilize, as the humors of the body, or to break them into finer parts.
  3. 3. To lessen the amount, force, or value of; to make less complex; to weaken.
  4. 4. To become thin, slender, or fine; to grow less; to lessen.
  5. 5. Alt. of Attenuated
  6. 6. Thin; slender.
  7. 7. To make thin or slender; thin out by dilution.
  8. 8. To become thin, slender, or fine; lessen.
  9. 9. Thin.
  10. 10. To render thin.

attenuate - examples of usage

  1. Whether it is possible to stretch, and qualify, and attenuate the conception of pleasure so as to make it cover the ideal of human life, without having it, like a soap- bubble, burst in the process, is a question foreign to the practical purpose of this book. - "Practical Ethics", William DeWitt Hyde.
  2. I couldn't attenuate then- the cat was out of the bag; but later, each of the next times, I did, I acknowledge, attenuate. - "Embarrassments", Henry James.
  3. It will attenuate, at least with respect to him, the severity of simple minds. - "Cosmopolis, Complete", Paul Bourget Last Updated: March 3, 2009.
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