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water down

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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theywater down
he/she/itwaters down
present participlewatering down
past tensewatered down
past participlewatered down
  1. 1
    to make something such as a statement or newspaper article less offensive, powerful, or detailed

    Some of the more forthright sections were watered down by the editors.

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