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"dilute" in British English

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diluteverb [T]

uk   us   /daɪˈluːt/
to make a ​liquidweaker by ​mixing in something ​else: Dilute the ​juice (withwater) before you ​drink it. to ​reduce the ​strength of a ​feeling, ​action, etc.: These ​measures are ​designed to dilute ​publicfears about the product's ​safety.

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dilution
noun [C or U] uk   us   /-ˈluː.ʃən/
The drug's ​effectiveness is ​decreased by dilution. a dilution of ​standards

diluteadjective

uk   us   /daɪˈluːt/ UK (US usually diluted)
(Definition of dilute from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dilute" in American English

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diluteverb [T]

 us   /dɑɪˈlut, də-/
to make a ​liquidweaker by ​mixing it with ​water or another ​liquid: Dilute the ​bleach in ​water before ​adding it to the ​wash. chemistry If you dilute a ​substance you make it ​weaker or less ​pure by ​mixing it with another ​substance.
diluted
adjective  us   /dɑɪˈlut̬·əd, də-/
He ​disinfected the ​tub with a ​solution of diluted ​bleach.

diluteadjective

 /dɑɪˈlut, də-/
chemistry made ​weaker or less ​pure by the ​addition of another ​substance
(Definition of dilute from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"dilute" in Business English

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diluteverb [T]

uk   us   /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 ​realestateprices.
FINANCE to make a company's ​shares less ​valuable by ​increasing the ​totalnumber of ​shares, so that each ​shareholder gets a ​smallerpart of the ​profit and ​owns a ​smallerpercentage of the ​company than before: The company's ​shareissue will ​increase the ​number of ​shares on the ​market, diluting their ​value and upsetting ​currentstockholders. diluted ​shares/​stock
dilutive
adjective
In the ​short-term, this ​strategy will be dilutive to ​earnings.
(Definition of dilute from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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