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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?


  1. reduced in strength

Alternative definition of the adjective attenuate


  1. [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

  1. weaken the consistency of (a chemical substance)
  2. become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: weaken = become weaker
    • more specific word: refine = attenuate or reduce in vigor, strength, or intensity by polishing or purifying

Alternative definition of the verb attenuate


  1. [transitive] To reduce in size, force, value, amount, or degree
  2. [transitive] To weaken
  3. [transitive] To rarefy
  4. [transitive] To reduce the virulence of a bacteria or virus
  5. [transitive, electronics] To reduce the amplitude of an electrical signal


Attenuate is a musical group.

Phrases with Attenuate

Phrases starting with the word Attenuate:

  1. Attenuate Fileclam
  2. Attenuate Fossaria
  3. Attenuate Barbilophozia
  4. Attenuate Entosthodon Moss
  5. Attenuate Indian Paintbrush

Phrases ending with the word Attenuate:

  1. Ferasa Attenuate
  2. Species Ferasa Attenuate

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Attenuate

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience, Three-Volume Set, 1- 3 (2010)

attenuate. heroin-primed. reinstatement. of drug seeking in rats. Several neurotransmitter pathways are involved. For instance, systemic or intra-VTA injection of MOR agonists, systemic or intra-NAcc application of indirect DA agonists, and ...

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms (1984)

A Dictionary of Discriminated Synonyms with Antonyms and Analogous and Contrasted Words 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 ...

Google previewThe Audio Dictionary (2005)

Third Edition, Revised and Expanded by Glenn White, Gary J Louie

Normally, filters attenuate certain frequency ranges and do not boost them; however, some equalizers that boost the signal are called filters. The first consumer-type equalizers were the tone controls on radios, the first one of which was simply ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of International Sports Studies: A-E (2006)

by Roger Bartlett, Chris Gratton, Christer Rolf

High- pass filters attenuate frequencies below the cut-off frequency and pass frequencies above it. Band-pass filters attenuate both low and high frequencies, ...

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Haworthia attenuate cv 'crazed glaze'

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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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