watered-down
adjective see water down

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • watered-down — adj a watered down plan, report etc has been changed so that it is less extreme or forceful than when it was first written used to show disapproval ▪ a watered down version of the original …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • watered-down — water wa‧ter [ˈwɔːtə ǁ ˈwɒːtər, ˈwɑː ] verb water something → down phrasal verb [transitive] to make a suggestion, rule, or proposal less forceful by removing some parts of it: • A late amendment watered down the insider trading penalties to a… …   Financial and business terms

  • watered-down — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective Etymology: from past participle of water down, v. : made weak as if by the addition of water : attenuated or lessened in force or value by watering turned in a watered down report * * * adj [more watered down; most… …   Useful english dictionary

  • watered-down — adjective a) diluted; containing extra water Nobody likes watered down scotch. b) weakened or simplified They teach a watered down calculus class for non majors. See Also: water down …   Wiktionary

  • watered-down — also watered down ADJ GRADED If you describe something such as a proposal, speech, or statement as watered down, you mean that it is weaker or less forceful than its original form. → See also water The British government introduced a watered down …   English dictionary

  • watered-down — adjective 1 a watered down statement, plan etc is much weaker and less effective than a previous plan etc: a watered down version of the original 2 a watered down drink, especially an alcoholic drink, has had water added to it, especially in… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • watered-down — /waw teuhrd down , wot euhrd /, adj. made weaker or less effective from or as from dilution with water: a watered down cocktail; Spectators saw a watered down version of the famous opera. [1895 1900] * * * …   Universalium

  • watered-down — wa|tered down [ ,wɔtərd daun ] adjective 1. ) a watered down statement, article, etc. has been made less offensive, powerful, or detailed than it originally was 2. ) a watered down drink has been made weaker with water …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • watered-down — UK [ˌwɔːtə(r)d ˈdaʊn] / US [ˌwɔtərd ˈdaʊn] adjective 1) a watered down statement, article etc has been made less offensive, powerful, or detailed than it originally was 2) a watered down drink has been made weaker with water …   English dictionary

  • watered down — {adj.} Weakened; diluted. * /The play was a disappointing, watered down version of Shakespeare s Othello./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • watered down — {adj.} Weakened; diluted. * /The play was a disappointing, watered down version of Shakespeare s Othello./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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