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Attenuate (to weaken) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's absolutely essential words for the GRE, which includes 300 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.
Definition of the adjective attenuate
What does attenuate mean as an attribute of a noun?
Alternative definition of the adjective attenuate
- [botany, of leaves] Gradually tapering into a petiole-like extension toward the base.
Definition of the verb attenuate
What does attenuate mean as a doing word?
verb - inflections: attenuated | attenuating | attenuates
- weaken the consistency of (a chemical substance)
Syntactic formula Example for the syntactic formula [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] Bill dried the clothes [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective] The clothes dried wrinkled [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective] with [Instrument] Tony broke the piggy bank open with a hammer [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state] Tony broke the glass to pieces [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state] with [Instrument] Tony broke the glass to pieces with a hammer [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] with [Instrument] Bill dried the clothes with a hairdryer [Instrument] [Verb] [Patient] The hairdryer dried the clothes [Patient] [Verb] The clothes dried | The roses bloomed [Patient] [Verb] [Adjective] Piggy banks break open [Patient] [Verb] [Adjective] with [Instrument] Piggy banks break open with a hammer [Patient] [Verb] [Adverb] Copper rods bend easily | Cotton clothes dry easily | Crystal vases break easily | Idaho potatoes bake beautifully [Patient] [Verb] to / into [Oblique, state] Glasses break to pieces [Patient] [Verb] to / into [Oblique, state] with [Instrument] Glasses break to pieces with a rock
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- domain: chemical science / chemistry
- lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
- synonym of attenuate: rarefy
- more generic word: weaken = lessen the strength of
- become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude
Alternative definition of the verb attenuate
- [transitive] To reduce in size, force, value, amount, or degree
- antonym: amplify (electronics)
- [transitive] To weaken
- [transitive] To rarefy
- [transitive] To reduce the virulence of a bacteria or virus
- [transitive, electronics] To reduce the amplitude of an electrical signal
Attenuate is a musical group.
Phrases with Attenuate
Phrases starting with the word Attenuate:
- Attenuate Fileclam
- Attenuate Fossaria
- Attenuate Barbilophozia
- Attenuate Entosthodon Moss
- Attenuate Indian Paintbrush
Phrases ending with the word Attenuate:
Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Attenuate
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by Terry Meany
This is "noise" on the power line that can interfere with sensitive electronic equipment The word attenuate refers to a reduction in power or energy (or, in surge suppressors, noise).
by Walter W. Skeat, Walter William Skeat
ATTENUATE. Attenuate. : tee. Tenuity. Attest; see Teitament. Attic, a small upper room. (Gk.) It orig. meant the whole of a parapet wall, terminating the upper facade of an edifice. Named from the Attic order of architecture ; see Phillips, ed. 1706.
by Merriam-Webster, Inc
thick thin vb Thin, attenuate, extenuate, dilute, rarefy. Thin is the most inclusive of these terms and is interchangeable with any of the others, though not without some loss of precision or of specific connotations. Basically it implies reduction in ...
ATTENUATE: Signal weakness degradation over time and distance, usually regenerated with hubs for base-band and amplifiers for broad-band. ATTRIBUTE: A computer system file access classification that permits it to be retrieved or erased; ...
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Haworthia attenuate cv 'crazed glaze'
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- Attenuate Meaning
Video shows what attenuate means. To reduce in size, force, value, amount, or degree.. To make thinner, as by physically reshaping, starving, or decaying.
- What Is The Definition Of Attenuate Medical Dictionary Free Online
- What Is The Definition Of Attenuate Medical Dictionary Free Online
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Scrabble value of A1T1T1E1N1U1A1T1E1
The value of this 9-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
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