Water down – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

1. To water down something (or water something down) is to add water or another liquid to a drink to make it less strong.

Examples of use:

a) This beer has been watered down!

b) My father drinks watered down whisky.

c) Some people water down wine to make a pleasant summer drink.

2. To water down something (or water something down) is to make a plan or suggestion weaker in order to make it more acceptable and less controversial.

Examples of use:

a) News headline: Watered down Kyoto deal is hailed by world leaders but angers green groups.

b) The government has watered down its health service reforms.

infinitive water down
present simple water down and waters down
-ing form watering down
past simple watered down
past participle watered down

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