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Definitions for attenuate
əˈtɛn yuˌeɪt; -ɪt, -ˌeɪtat·ten·u·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. attenuate, attenuated, faded, weakenedverb

    reduced in strength

    "the faded tones of an old recording"

  2. rarefy, attenuateverb

    weaken the consistency of (a chemical substance)

  3. attenuateverb

    become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude

Wiktionary

  1. attenuateverb

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

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

  2. attenuateverb

    To weaken

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

  3. attenuateverb

    To rarefy

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

  4. attenuateverb

    To reduce the virulence of a bacteria or virus

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

  5. attenuateverb

    To reduce the amplitude of an electrical signal

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

  6. attenuateadjective

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Attenuateverb

    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

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

  2. Attenuateverb

    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

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

  3. Attenuateverb

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

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

  4. Attenuateverb

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

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

  5. Attenuateadjective

    alt. of Attenuated

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Attenuate

    at-ten′ū-āt, v.t. to make thin or lean: to break down into finer parts: to reduce in density: reduce in strength or value, simplify.—v.i. to become thin or fine: to grow less.—n. Atten′uant, anything possessing this property.—adjs. Atten′uate, Atten′uated, made thin or slender: dilute, rarefied:—n. Attenuā′tion, process of making slender: reduction of intensity, density, or force: specially in homeopathy, the reduction of the active principles of medicines to minute doses. [L. attenuāre, -ātumad, to, tenuis, thin.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of attenuate in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

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    The numerical value of attenuate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of attenuate in a Sentence

  1. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Law and justice may attenuate and collapse under the burden of one-sided personal affection, choice, and courtesy, which defines not only the breach; it also describes a crime.

  2. Bruce Walker:

    On the other hand, if some viruses sneak through and infect a cell ; then the body is dependent upon T cells to eliminate the virus, and therein lies the opportunity for us to rethink what we're doing in terms of vaccination -- because those T cells, at least theoretically, could be highly potent and could attenuate the disease. In other words, they wouldn't protect against infection, but they might make infections so asymptomatic that you would not notice it yourself and, in fact, you would never have enough virus in your body to transmit it to somebody else. That's the hypothesis.

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