In the art of attenuating great reputations Anatole France has had few superiors.
She did me the honour to accept of a pony, but the attenuating circumstances are all purely imaginary.
The idea of attenuating the virus used for inoculation, and of making the effects minimal, was not his.
The spell that for a moment her beauty had cast over him when first she had appeared had been attenuating.
The philosopher next tried his established method of domesticating, or attenuating, the poison.
The result is of course that by attenuating his force he only accentuates his inferiority.
Another process for attenuating the atmosphere over the surface of fluids during evaporation is by the action of an air-pump.
The air should be hot and dry, and her diet hot and attenuating.
But in that hour which seemed pure essence, with no attenuating sound or touch, he kept on up the hill toward Jenny's house.
Red port is strong and astringent, but white port and Spanish wines are stimulating and attenuating.
"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.
attenuate at·ten·u·ate (ə-těn'yōō-āt')
v. at·ten·u·at·ed, at·ten·u·at·ing, at·ten·u·ates
To reduce in force, value, amount, or degree; weaken; diminish.
To make bacteria or viruses less virulent.