Definition of attenuate:
- Alt. of Attenuated
- To become thin, slender, or fine; to grow less; to lessen.
- To lessen the amount, force, or value of; to make less complex; to weaken.
- To make thin or less consistent; to render less viscid or dense; to rarefy. Specifically: To subtilize, as the humors of the body, or to break them into finer parts.
- To make thin or slender, as by mechanical or chemical action upon inanimate objects, or by the effects of starvation, disease, etc., upon living bodies.
washy, enfeeble, reduced, bleached, vitiated, debilitate, sublimate, faded, washed-out, weakened, strong, decreased, undo, sap, hurt, devitalize, attenuated, enervate, diminished, water, weaken, undermine, tighten, rarefy, subtilize, lessened, thinned, unnerve.
He knew, and she knew, that, though the fascination which each had exercised over the other- on her part independently of accomplishments- would probably in the first days of their separation be even more potent than ever, time must attenuate that effect; the practical arguments against accepting her as a housemate might pronounce themselves more strongly in the boreal light of a remoter view.- "Tess of the d'Urbervilles A Pure Woman", Thomas Hardy.
Being in doubt as to the particular fact, I unconsciously imagined the general fact, and when man's imagination intervenes it is always to soften, to attenuate crudities which only nature is capable of.- "Modern Painting", George Moore.
They left for a promenade, and then the painter begged his friend to let him walk alone so as not to attenuate the effect he was bound to produce on the passersby, such a childish, harmless vanity had he.- "Promenades of an Impressionist", James Huneker.