Word of the Day • 20 APR 16

attenuate

[verb] (a-ten-u-ate) (-es, -ed, -ing)  to lessen; reduce in amount, size, degree, effect, strength, vigor, force, intensity, value; to sap, undermine, water down, thin out, debilitate, weaken, adulterate, enervate, undo, diminish, contract

Biology make less virulent, rarefy

Botany to gradually make slender, taper to a distant point

Electronics to reduce the amplification of an electrical signal with little or no distortion

[adjective] (a-ten-u-it) 

[noun]  (a-ten-u-a-shun)

The Free Dictionary

 

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