What does attenuate mean?

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.]

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.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of attenuate in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of attenuate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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