water sth down Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"water sth down" in British English

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water sth down

phrasal verb with water uk   /ˈwɔː.tər/  us   /ˈwɑː.t̬ɚ/ verb

water sth down (DRINK)

to ​addwater to a ​drink, usually an ​alcoholicdrink, in ​order to make it less ​strong

water sth down (IDEA)

to ​deliberately make an ​idea or ​opinion less ​extreme, usually so that other ​people will ​accept it: The ​party has ​watered down ​itsideals in ​order to ​appeal to the ​centreground.
(Definition of water sth down from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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water sth down

phrasal verb with water uk   us   /ˈwɔːtər/ verb
to intentionally make an ​idea, a ​proposal, or an ​opinion less extreme or forceful, usually so that other ​people will ​accept it: The ​report was watered down by the ​committee.
watered-down
adjective
The Senate ​approved a slightly watered-down ​version of the labour-reform ​bill.
(Definition of water sth down from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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