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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 previewThe Complete Idiot's Guide to Electrical Repair (2000)

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).

Google previewThe Concise Dictionary of English Etymology (1993)

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.

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

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 previewDictionary of Health Information Technology and Security (2007)

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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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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