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English definition of “dilute”

dilute

verb [T]     /daɪˈluːt/
to make something less strong or less valuable : Our recent acquisitions are going to dilute earnings in the next few years . The rise in foreclosures is likely to dilute real estate prices .
FINANCE to make a company's shares less valuable by increasing the total number of shares , so that each shareholder gets a smaller part of the profit and owns a smaller percentage of the company than before: The company's share issue will increase the number of shares on the market , diluting their value and upsetting current stockholders . diluted shares / stock
dilutive adjective
(Definition of dilute verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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