Meaning of extenuate
Pronunciation: (ik-sten'y-āt"), [key]
— -at•ed, -at•ing.
- to represent (a fault, offense, etc.) as less serious: to extenuate a crime.
- to serve to make (a fault, offense, etc.) seem less serious.
- to underestimate, underrate, or make light of: Do not extenuate the difficulties we are in.
- to make thin, lean, or emaciated.
- to reduce the consistency or density of.
- extenuate (Thesaurus)