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water sth down

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

(DRINK)

to add water to a drink, usually an alcoholic drink, in order to make it less strongBecoming and making less strong

(IDEA)

to deliberately make an idea or opinion less extreme, usually so that other people will accept it: The party has watered down its ideals in order to appeal to the centre ground.Becoming and making less strong
(Definition of water sth down from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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