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diluteverb [T]

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

diluteadjective

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

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diluteverb [T]

us   /dɑɪˈlut, də-/
to make a liquid weaker 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   /daɪˈluːt/ us  
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
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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