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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
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