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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 at·ten·u·ate /əˈtɛnjəˌwet/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 at·ten·u·ate /əˈtɛnjəˌwet/ 及物動詞

From: Taiwan MOE computer dictionary


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 At·ten·u·ate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Attenuated p. pr. & vb. n. Attenuating ]
 1. 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.
 2. 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.
 3. To lessen the amount, force, or value of; to make less complex; to weaken.
    To undersell our rivals . . . has led the manufacturer to . . . attenuate his processes, in the allotment of tasks, to an extreme point.   --I. Taylor.
    We may reject and reject till we attenuate history into sapless meagerness.   --Sir F. Palgrave.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 At·ten·u·ate, v. i. To become thin, slender, or fine; to grow less; to lessen.
    The attention attenuates as its sphere contracts.   --Coleridge.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 At·ten·u·ate At·ten·u·a·ted a.
 1. Made thin or slender.
 2. Made thin or less viscid; rarefied.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : reduced in strength; "the faded tones of an old recording"
            [syn: attenuated, faded, weakened]
      v 1: weaken the consistency of (a chemical substance) [syn: rarefy]
      2: become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude