attenuate

[ verb uh-ten-yoo-eyt; adjective uh-ten-yoo-it, -eyt ]SEE DEFINITION OF attenuate
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The Venetian shutters often had to be lowered in the summer to attenuate the great heat.

It will attenuate, at least with respect to him, the severity of simple minds.

I shall not attempt to laugh off the question, or to attenuate its importance.

It does not attenuate the power and originality of his themes that they are essentially of the piano.

It would not have been difficult to attenuate the coincidence.

Indeed, he seemed to be trying to attenuate that when he spoke next.

Neither were they distant; they were close to me, but attenuate.

Pitt was right in his facts; but etiquette required that he should withdraw or at least attenuate his charge.

How much does it attenuate the value of his intentions, as proofs of an internal philosophical sequence?

But the important thing is that the sacrilege should be accompanied with precautions which attenuate it.

WORD ORIGIN

"to make thin, to make less," 1520s, from Latin attenuatus "enfeebled, weak," past participle of attenuare "to make thin, lessen, diminish," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + tenuare "make thin," from tenuis "thin" (see tenet). Related: Attenuated; attenuating. Earlier was Middle English attenuen "to make thin (in consistency)," early 15c.

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