Meaning of “dilute” in the English Dictionary

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diluteverb [ T ]

uk /daɪˈluːt/ us /daɪˈluːt/

to make a liquid weaker by mixing in something else:

Dilute the juice (with water) before you drink it.

to reduce the strength of a feeling, action, etc.:

These measures are designed to dilute public fears about the product's safety.

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noun [ C or U ] uk /daɪˈluː.ʃən/ us /daɪˈluː.ʃən/

The drug's effectiveness is decreased by dilution.
a dilution of standards


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.

adjective us /dɑɪˈlut̬·əd, də-/

He disinfected the tub with a solution of diluted bleach.


/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

In the short-term, this strategy will be dilutive to earnings.

(Definition of “dilute” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)