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"


  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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  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. Montesquieu:

    Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.

  2. Gerhard Schwarz:

    There is a good chance the euro would weaken again.

  3. Le Maire:

    It is not in our interest at all to weaken this alliance.

  4. Marie Antoinette:

    If you weaken the monarchy, you undermine the entire nation.

  5. Jeff Sessions:

    We can weaken these networks, reduce fentanyl availability, andsave lives.

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