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ˈwi kənweak·en

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. weakenverb

    lessen the strength of

    "The fever weakened his body"

  2. weakenverb

    become weaker

    "The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days"

  3. sabotage, undermine, countermine, counteract, subvert, weakenverb

    destroy property or hinder normal operations

    "The Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war"

  4. de-escalate, weaken, step downverb

    reduce the level or intensity or size or scope of

    "de-escalate a crisis"

  5. dampen, damp, soften, weaken, breakverb

    lessen in force or effect

    "soften a shock"; "break a fall"


  1. weakenverb

    To make weaker.

  2. weakenverb

    To become weaker.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Weakenverb

    To debilitate; to enfeeble; to deprive of strength.

    The first which weakened them was their security. Richard Hooker.

    Their hands shall be weakened from the work that it be not done. Neh. vi. 9.

    Intestine broils,
    Weakening the scepter of old night. John Milton.

    Every violence offered to the body weakens and impairs it, and renders it less durable. John Ray, on the Creation.

    Let us not weaken still the weaker side
    By our divisions. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Solemn impressions that seem to weaken the mind, may, by proper reflection, be made to strengthen it. Clarissa.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Weakenverb

    to make weak; to lessen the strength of; to deprive of strength; to debilitate; to enfeeble; to enervate; as, to weaken the body or the mind; to weaken the hands of a magistrate; to weaken the force of an objection or an argument

  2. Weakenverb

    to reduce in quality, strength, or spirit; as, to weaken tea; to weaken any solution or decoction

  3. Weakenverb

    to become weak or weaker; to lose strength, spirit, or determination; to become less positive or resolute; as, the patient weakened; the witness weakened on cross-examination

Editors Contribution

  1. weaken

    Weaken (verb)to decrease in value when weigh against to money.

    Weaken to decline or reduce effectiveness of an electronic device when advance gadget was invented.

    Submitted by pinkss5 on October 17, 2015  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'weaken' in Verbs Frequency: #898

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of weaken in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of weaken in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of weaken in a Sentence

  1. Hannah Arendt:

    Jean Bertrand Aristide Haitian president elected by large majority, twice overthrown by U.S. supported forces. Take my hand. If you see me stumble, hold me up. If I feel you weaken, I will support you. Let us trust one another, keep faith with one another, and never falter. Let us keep the lamp of solidarity lit, and move forward.

  2. Wayne Koff:

    For the older ones, you identify the virus, either inactivate it or weaken it, and inject it, you trick the body into thinking it is infected with the actual virus, and when you're exposed, you mount a robust immune response.

  3. Phil Klotzbach:

    It is fairly common for hurricanes to track towards Hawaii, but they usually dissipate or at least weaken considerably before impacting the islands, for example, both Lane and Olivia impacted Hawaii in 2018. Also, in 2016, both Lester and Madeline threatened Hawaii.

  4. Carsten Fritsch:

    Prices are likely to consolidate or weaken further, the perception is that over-supply will be there for much longer.

  5. Wang Shih-chien:

    The storm will weaken but we expect more rain, particularly in southern Taiwan.

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    (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
    • A. tacky
    • B. ectomorphic
    • C. soft-witted
    • D. foreordained

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