V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. to make thin in size or consistency; 2. to lessen or weaken, especially in strength or worth
Synonyms: weaken, thin, narrow, rarefy, dilute, lessen, diminish
Antonyms: thicken, intensify
Tips: In medicine, attenuate can mean "to make a bacteria or virus weaker and less dangerous." Sometimes, attenuated pathogens are used to make vaccines that protect against disease. It may also be useful to note that attenuate and tenuous both come ultimately from tenuis, "weak."
When chlorine is attenuated by other chemicals, it is not harmful to humans. (diluted)
Everyone hopes the crisis will attenuate over time. (lessen, diminish)
My family's art collection will never attenuate in worth; on the contrary, it will most likely increase in value over time. (lessen, diminish)
Jody's grief over the loss of her mother attenuated over time, and eventually her sadness was replaced by happy memories. (diminished, lessened)
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