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Word of the Day 12/03/17 Attenuate

Attenuate (verb, adjective)
attenuate [verb uh-ten-yoo-eyt; adjective uh-ten-yoo-it, -eyt]


verb (used with object), attenuated, attenuating.
1. to weaken or reduce in force, intensity, effect, quantity, or value: to attenuate desire.
2. to make thin; make slender or fine.

3. Bacteriology, Immunology. to render less virulent, as a strain of pathogenic virus or bacterium.
4. Electronics. to decrease the amplitude of (an electronic signal).

verb (used without object), attenuated, attenuating.
5. to become thin or fine; lessen.

adjective
6. weakened; diminishing.
7. Botany. tapering gradually to a narrow extremity.

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Origin: First recorded in 1520-30, attenuate is from the Latin word attenuātus (past participle of attenuāre to thin, reduce). See at-, tenuis, -ate

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