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weaken

weak·en

weaken

 
pronunciation:
wi kn
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part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
inflections: weakened, weakening, weakens
definition: to make or become weak or weaker.
synonyms:
attenuate, debilitate, enervate, fade, waste
antonyms:
stiffen, strengthen, toughen
similar words:
cripple, dampen, decline, depress, dilute, dim, diminish, dwindle, ebb, enfeeble, exhaust, flag, impair, lessen, mitigate, relent, sap, shrivel, thin, tire, undermine, wane, water down, waver, 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.