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

使(观点等)弱化;使缓和
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)