Weaken

  • 1 weaken — weak‧en [ˈwiːkən] verb 1. [intransitive, transitive] FINANCE if investments, prices, currencies etc weaken, or something weakens them, they begin to fall in value: • A combination of low US interest rates and a rising Euro will weaken the dollar …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 Weaken — Weak en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Weakened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Weakening}.] [1913 Webster] 1. 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 weaken — weaken, enfeeble, debilitate, undermine, sap, cripple, disable can mean to lose or cause to lose, strength, vigor, or energy. Weaken, the most general term of this group, most frequently implies loss of the physical strength or functional… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 4 weaken — [wē′kən] vt., vi. to make or become weak or weaker weakener n. SYN. WEAKEN, the most general of these words, implies a lessening of strength, power, soundness, etc. [weakened by disease, to weaken an argument ]; DEBILITATE suggests a partial or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Weaken — Weak en, v. i. 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. His notion weakens, his discernings are lethargied.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 weaken — index adulterate, alleviate, attenuate, countervail, damage, debase, debilitate, denature, deplete …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 weaken — 1520s, from WEAK (Cf. weak) + EN (Cf. en) (1). The earlier verb was simply weak (late 14c.). Related: Weakened; weakening …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 weaken — [v] reduce the strength of abate, adulterate, break up, cripple, crumble, cut, debase, debilitate, decline, decrease, depress, devitalize, dilute, diminish, droop, dwindle, ease up, enervate, exhaust, fade, fail, faint, flag, give way, halt,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 weaken — ► VERB ▪ make or become weak …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 weaken */*/ — UK [ˈwiːkən] / US [ˈwɪkən] verb Word forms weaken : present tense I/you/we/they weaken he/she/it weakens present participle weakening past tense weakened past participle weakened 1) a) [intransitive/transitive] to make someone physically less… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 weaken — verb ADVERB ▪ considerably, greatly, seriously, severely, significantly, substantially ▪ badly ▪ The military was badly weakened by the sanctions …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 12 weaken — weak|en [ wikən ] verb ** 1. ) intransitive or transitive to make someone physically less strong and healthy, or to become less strong and healthy: Stress can weaken the immune system. She began to weaken after running for 8 miles. a ) to make a… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 weaken — weak|en [ˈwi:kən] v [I and T] 1.) to make someone or something less powerful or less important, or to become less powerful ≠ ↑strengthen ▪ Over the last two years the president s position has weakened. ▪ Changes in policy have weakened the power… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 weaken — verb 1 MAKE LESS POWERFUL (I, T) to make someone or something less powerful or less important, or to become less powerful: Russia s influence on African affairs has weakened. 2 PHYSICALLY (intransitive, transitive often passive) to make someone… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 weaken — verb (weakened; weakening) Date: 1530 transitive verb 1. to make weak ; lessen the strength of 2. to reduce in intensity or effectiveness intransitive verb to become weak • weakener noun Synonyms …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 weaken — I (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To become weaker] Syn. lessen, lose, decrease, relapse, soften, relax, droop, fail, wane, crumble, halt, limp, languish, fade, decline, abate, totter, tremble, flag, faint, wilt, lose spirit, become disheartened, fail in… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 weaken — [[t]wi͟ːkən[/t]] ♦♦♦ weakens, weakening, weakened 1) V ERG If you weaken something or if it weakens, it becomes less strong or less powerful. [V n] The recession has weakened so many firms that many can no longer survive... [V n] The Prime… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 weaken — verb 1) the virus weakened him terribly Syn: enfeeble, debilitate, incapacitate, sap, enervate, tire, exhaust, wear out; wither, cripple, disable, emasculate 2) she tried to weaken the blow for him Syn …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 weaken — weakener, n. /wee keuhn/, v.t. 1. to make weak or weaker. 2. Phonet. to change (a speech sound) to an articulation requiring less effort, as from geminate to nongeminate or from stop to fricative. v.i. 3. to become weak or weaker. [1520 30; WEAK… …

    Universalium

  • 20 weaken — verb a) To make weaker. b) To become weaker …

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