Definitions for attenuateəˈtɛn yuˌeɪt; -ɪt, -ˌeɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. attenuate, attenuated, faded, weakened(verb)

    reduced in strength

    "the faded tones of an old recording"

  2. rarefy, attenuate(verb)

    weaken the consistency of (a chemical substance)

  3. attenuate(verb)

    become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude


  1. attenuate(Verb)

    To reduce in size, force, value, amount, or degree

  2. attenuate(Verb)

    To weaken

  3. attenuate(Verb)

    To rarefy

  4. attenuate(Verb)

    To reduce the virulence of a bacteria or virus

  5. attenuate(Verb)

    To reduce the amplitude of an electrical signal

  6. attenuate(Adjective)

    Gradually tapering into a petiole-like extension toward the base.

  7. Origin: From attenuāre, from attenuāt-, at- = ad-, ad- + tenuāre, tenuis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Attenuate(verb)

    to make thin or slender, as by mechanical or chemical action upon inanimate objects, or by the effects of starvation, disease, etc., upon living bodies

  2. Attenuate(verb)

    to make thin or less consistent; to render less viscid or dense; to rarefy. Specifically: To subtilize, as the humors of the body, or to break them into finer parts

  3. Attenuate(verb)

    to lessen the amount, force, or value of; to make less complex; to weaken

  4. Attenuate(verb)

    to become thin, slender, or fine; to grow less; to lessen

  5. Attenuate(adj)

    alt. of Attenuated

  6. Origin: [L. attenuatus, p. p. of attenuare; ad + tenuare to make thin, tenuis thin. See Thin.]

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