1) ADJ Water or another liquid that is tepid is slightly warm.

She bent her mouth to the tap and drank the tepid water.

2) ADJ-GRADED If you describe something such as a feeling or reaction as tepid, you mean that it lacks enthusiasm.

His nomination, while strongly backed by the President, has received tepid support in the Senate.


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