weaken Definition

  • 1to become less strong or powerful
  • 2to make something less strong or powerful

Using weaken: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "weaken" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The storm weakened as it moved inland.

  • Example

    The disease weakens the immune system.

  • Example

    The company's financial position has been weakened by the recent losses.

  • Example

    The opposition party is trying to weaken the government's position on the issue.

weaken Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with weaken

  • to make someone less determined or resolute


    The constant criticism weakened her resolve to continue with the project.

  • to make a connection or relationship less strong or effective


    The scandal weakened the link between the politician and his supporters.

  • to make an argument or position less convincing or effective


    The lack of evidence weakened the prosecution's case against the defendant.


Summary: weaken in Brief

To 'weaken' [ˈwiːkən] means to become less strong or powerful, or to make something less strong or powerful. It can refer to physical strength, such as 'The disease weakens the immune system,' or to non-physical aspects, such as 'The opposition party is trying to weaken the government's position on the issue.' 'Weaken' can also be used in phrases like 'weaken one's resolve,' meaning to make someone less determined, and 'weaken the case,' meaning to make an argument less convincing.

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