HyperDic: weaken

English > 5 senses of the word weaken:
VERBchangeweakenlessen the strength of
changeweakenbecome weaker
socialweaken, sabotage, undermine, countermine, counteract, subvertdestroy property or hinder normal operations
changeweaken, de-escalate, step downreduce the level or intensity or size or scope of
changeweaken, dampen, damp, soften, breaklessen in force or effect
weaken > pronunciation
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English > weaken: 5 senses > verb 1, change
Meaninglessen the strength of.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody; Something ----s something
Example"The fever weakened his body"
Cause toweakenBecome weaker
Narrowerbluntmake less intense
breakweaken or destroy in spirit or body
cripple, stultifydeprive of strength or efficiency
dampenReduce the amplitude (of oscillations or waves)
de-energize, de-energisedeprive of energy
depresslessen the activity or force of
devitalize, devitalisesap of life or energy
dilute, thin, thin out, reduce, cutlessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture
emasculate, castratedeprive of strength or vigor
enervateweaken mentally or morally
enfeeble, debilitate, drainmake weak
etiolatemake weak by stunting the growth or development of
neutralize, neutralise, nullify, negatemake ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of
rarefy, attenuateweaken the consistency of (a chemical substance)
shakeundermine or cause to waver
temper, season, mollify, moderatemake more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else
unbraceRemove a brace or braces from
wash outdeplete of strength or vitality
Broaderchange, alter, modifyCause to change
Oppositestrengthen, beef up, fortifymake strong or stronger
Spanishablandar, atenuar, debilitar, flaquear, reblandecer
Catalanablanir, afluixar, debilitar, estovar, extenuar-se, flaquejar, perdre forces, reblanir
Nounsweakenerthat which weakens / weakens / weakens or causes a loss of strength
weakeningthe act of reducing the strength of something
English > weaken: 5 senses > verb 2, change
MeaningBecome weaker.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s
Example"The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days"
Caused byweakenlessen the strength of
NarrowerattenuateBecome weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude
blur, dim, slurBecome vague or indistinct
collapseLose significance, effectiveness, or value
die downBecome progressively weaker
dullmake less lively or vigorous
fade, meltBecome less clearly visible or distinguishable
loosen, relax, looseBecome loose or looser or less tight / tight / tight / tight
melt, disappear, evaporateBecome less intense and fade away gradually
pallLose strength or effectiveness
pine away, waste, languishLose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief
slackenBecome looser or slack
slow, slow down, slow up, slack, slackenBecome slow or slower
subside, lessenWear off or die down
wiltLose strength
Broaderdecrease, diminish, lessen, falldecrease in size, extent, or range
Oppositestrengthengain strength
Spanishdebilitarse, debilitar, flaquear
Catalanafeblir-se, debilitar, defallir, fallir, flaquejar, perdre forces, postrar-se, prostrar-se
Nounsweakeningbecoming weaker
English > weaken: 5 senses > verb 3, social
MeaningDestroy property or hinder normal operations.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Synonymssabotage, undermine, countermine, counteract, subvert
NarrowerderailCause to run off the tracks
Broaderdisobeyrefuse to go along with
Spanishminar, sabotear, socavar, subvertir, trastornar
Catalanminar, sabotejar, soscavar, subvertir
English > weaken: 5 senses > verb 4, change
MeaningReduce the level or intensity or size or scope of.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Synonymsde-escalate, step down
Broaderdecrease, lessen, minifymake smaller
Oppositeescalate, intensify, step upincrease in extent or intensity
Nounsweakenerthat which weakens / weakens / weakens or causes a loss of strength
English > weaken: 5 senses > verb 5, change
Meaninglessen in force or effect.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Synonymsdampen, damp, soften, break
Narrowerdampen, deaden, dampmake vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible
deafenmake soundproof
Broaderdeaden, bluntmake less lively, intense, or vigorous
Nounsweakenerthat which weakens / weakens / weakens or causes a loss of strength

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