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Meaning of WEAKEN

Pronunciation:  'weekun

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  become weaker; "The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days"
  2. [v]  lessen the strength of; "The fever weakened his body"
  3. [v]  reduce the level or intensity or size or scope of; "de-escalate a crisis"
  4. [v]  lessen in force or effect; "soften a shock"; "break a fall"
  5. [v]  destroy property or hinder normal operations; "The Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war"
 

WEAKEN is a 6 letter word that starts with W.

 

 Synonyms: counteract, countermine, damp, de-escalate, sabotage, soften, step down, subvert, undermine
 
 Antonyms: beef up, escalate, fortify, intensify, step up, strengthen
 
 See Also: alter, attenuate, blunt, blur, break, castrate, change, collapse, cripple, cut, dampen, deaden, deafen, debilitate, decrease, de-energise, de-energize, depress, derail, devitalise, devitalize, die down, dilute, dim, disobey, drain, dull, emasculate, enervate, enfeeble, etiolate, fade, fade out, languish, lessen, loose, loosen, melt, minify, mollify, negate, neutralise, neutralize, nullify, pall, pine away, rarefy, reduce, relax, season, shake, slack, slacken, slow, slow down, slow up, slur, stultify, subside, temper, thin, thin out, unbrace, wash out, waste, weaken, wilt

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Weak"en\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Weakened}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Weakening}.]
    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 hands of a
       magistrate; to weaken the force of an objection or an
       argument.
    
             Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it
             be not done.                          --Neh. vi. 9.
    
    2. To reduce in quality, strength, or spirit; as, to weaken
       tea; to weaken any solution or decoction.
    
    
  2. \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.''
    --Shak.
    
    
 

 

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