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weaken

weak·en

weaken

 
 
pronunciation:
wi kn
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: weakened, weakening, weakens
definition: to make weak or weaker; to cause to lose strength.
The illness had weakened her a great deal, and it still took great effort to walk.He added some water to weaken the taste of the whisky.
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
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to become weak or weaker; to lose strength.
Without exercise, your muscles will weaken.
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derivation: weakener (n.)
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