Translation of "water sth down" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

water sth down

(IDEA) 观点 phrasal verb with water /ˈwɔː.tər/ US  /ˈwɑː.t̬ɚ/ verb

to intentionally make an idea or opinion less extreme or forceful, usually so that other people will accept it

The party has watered down its socialist ideals in order to appeal to the centre ground. 为了吸引中间力量,该党已经淡化了其社会主义理想。
watered down uk us adjective [ before noun ]

They have returned with a watered down and more acceptable version of the proposal. 他们又提了那个建议,这回有所折中,更容易让人接受。

(Translation of “water sth down phrasal verb, verb (IDEA)” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)