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weaken

weak·en

weaken

 
pronunciation:
wi kn
features:
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part of speech: verb
inflections: weakened, weakening, weakens
definition: to make or become weak or weaker.
He weakened as he climbed the hill.I weakened the juice by adding more water.
synonyms:
fade, waste
antonyms:
strengthen
similar words:
cripple, dampen, decline, dilute, dim, diminish, dwindle, ebb, exhaust, impair, lessen, relent, thin, tire, wane, water down, wear
derivation: weakener (n.)
Word Parts
The word weaken contains the following part:
-en1 Old English verb-forming suffix that means to cause to be or become or have
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The suffix -en1 forms verbs from monosyllabic English adjectives.