What does weaken mean?

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ˈwi kənweak·en

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. weaken(verb)

    lessen the strength of

    "The fever weakened his body"

  2. weaken(verb)

    become weaker

    "The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days"

  3. sabotage, undermine, countermine, counteract, subvert, weaken(verb)

    destroy property or hinder normal operations

    "The Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war"

  4. de-escalate, weaken, step down(verb)

    reduce the level or intensity or size or scope of

    "de-escalate a crisis"

  5. dampen, damp, soften, weaken, break(verb)

    lessen in force or effect

    "soften a shock"; "break a fall"

Wiktionary

  1. weaken(Verb)

    To make weaker.

  2. weaken(Verb)

    To become weaker.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Weaken(verb)

    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. Weaken(verb)

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

  3. Weaken(verb)

    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  

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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Numerology

  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. The CPSI:

    There is therefore an inherent lack of consistency in (SFO) teams, which becomes particularly problematic because of the lengthy nature of SFO investigations, this disruption increases the risk of delay in cases and may weaken the investigative strategy going forward.

  2. Emeasoba George:

    Adversity is NO reason at all for you to give up on your aspiration/vision. Yes of course, it's never reasonable. Because, every adversity is strictly made/meant to toughen you and not at all to weaken you.

  3. Todd Rosenbluth:

    Based on the names and country profiles, it should seem they are offering you the same exposure, but they track different indices, their country exposure is going to be different, and that exposure difference helps explain why they perform differently. So far, the discrepancy has helped The Vanguard fund, Todd Rosenbluth said, although both funds have taken a hit since the end of June, when the Shanghai Composite Index. SSEC started falling. Since then, The Vanguard fund has lost 11.65 percent, while the iShares fund has fallen 12.45 percent. Year to date, The Vanguard fund is down 6.97 percent, and the iShares fund is down 8.89 percent. Chinese shares have been falling on fears that the nation's economy may slow well beyond the 7 percent growth rate that analysts had earlier suggested would be a bottom for that market. China has moved to weaken its currency to bolster its economy and share prices. The difference between the two funds is expected to widen because the two different indexes they follow will be treating Chinese stocks differently. Financial Times Stock Exchange, the Financial Times Stock Exchange, plans to begin adding onshore Chinese equities, known as A-shares, to Financial Times Stock Exchange broad emerging markets indexes, which Vanguard follows. The Vanguard benchmark, the FTSE Emerging Index, now has approximately 26 percent exposure to China, according to the mutual fund company. In June, Vanguard said it would begin shifting to a new Financial Times Stock Exchange index later this year. The new index will have a 29 percent exposure to China, including a 5.6 percent exposure to A-shares. MSCI Inc( MSCI.N), however, said in June that it was not ready to include the A-shares in its two emerging market indexes.

  4. Mikhail Gorbachev:

    I note that these have not solved the problems, but they have served to undermine international law and weaken international relations.

  5. William Jackson at Capital Economics:

    It's a very oil-dependent economy, so it always looked like an adjustment in the currency was needed when oil prices fell. They delayed that adjustment for a long time so it's kind of inevitable that the currency had to weaken.

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