water down - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
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.

  2. 2
    to add water to a drink or liquid in order to make it less strong
See also main entry: water