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at·ten·u·ate

attenuate

 
 
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, adjective
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Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: ten yu eIt
inflections: attenuates, attenuating, attenuated
definition 1: to make less in quantity, quality, or effect; weaken.
Contrary to what many people believe, drinking coffee will not attenuate the effects of alcohol.The special insulation attenuates the noise from the highway.
antonyms:
amplify, augment, enhance, intensify, magnify, strengthen
similar words:
decrease, impair, weaken
definition 2: to cause to be thin, rarefied, or fine.
Warming the oil will attenuate it.
antonyms:
condense, thicken
similar words:
rarefy, thin
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to become thin, rarefied, or fine.
similar words:
narrow, rarefy
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part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: ten yu iht
definition: made thin, rarefied, or fine; weakened; attenuated.
an attenuate mixture
similar words:
tenuous
derivation: attenuation (n.)