Definition of attenuate in English:

attenuate

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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Reduce the force, effect, or value of.

    • ‘this research provides a glimmer of hope that coral reefs can attenuate the effects of ocean acidification’
    weakened, reduced, lessened, decreased, diminished, impaired, enervated
    1. 1.1Reduce the amplitude of (a signal, electric current, or other oscillation)
      • ‘the filter must severely attenuate frequencies above 10 Hz’
      weakened, reduced, lessened, decreased, diminished, impaired, enervated
    2. 1.2Reduce the virulence of (a pathogenic organism), especially when preparing a vaccine.
      • ‘the first live vaccine was insufficiently attenuated and produced a significant disease’
  • 2Reduce in thickness; make thin.

    thin, slender, slim, skinny, spindly, bony, gaunt, skeletal

Pronunciation

attenuate

/əˈtenyəˌwāt/ /əˈtɛnjəˌweɪt/

adjective

rare
  • Reduced in force, effect, or physical thickness.

    ‘the doctrines of Christianity became very attenuate and distorted’
    • ‘On the other hand, for their own analysis Carling et al. used an attenuate isosceles triangle with a blunt snout as their model organism, rather than the profile of an eel.’
    thin, slender, slim, skinny, spindly, bony, gaunt, skeletal

Pronunciation

attenuate

/əˈtenyo͞oət/ /əˈtɛnjuət/ /əˈtenyo͞oˌāt/ /əˈtɛnjuˌeɪt/

Origin

Mid 16th century from Latin attenuat- ‘made slender’, from the verb attenuare, from ad- ‘to’ + tenuare ‘make thin’ (from tenuis ‘thin’).