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Definition 1: become weaker - [verb of change]

Samples where weaken or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days

(weaken is a kind of ...) decrease in size, extent, or range

"The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester" "The cabin pressure fell dramatically" "her weight fell to under a hundred pounds" "his voice fell to a whisper"

(... is a kind of weaken ) become slow or slower

"Production slowed"

(... is a kind of weaken ) become looser or slack

"the rope slackened"

(... is a kind of weaken ) become loose or looser or less tight

"The noose loosened" "the rope relaxed"

(... is a kind of weaken ) lose strength or effectiveness; become or appear boring, insipid, or tiresome (to)

"the course palled on her"

(... is a kind of weaken ) make less lively or vigorous

"Middle age dulled her appetite for travel"

(... is a kind of weaken ) lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief

"After her husband died, she just pined away"

(... is a kind of weaken ) become vague or indistinct

"The distinction between the two theories blurred"

(... is a kind of weaken ) wear off or die down

"The pain subsided"

(... is a kind of weaken ) become less clearly visible or distinguishable; disappear gradually or seemingly

"The scene begins to fade" "The tree trunks are melting into the forest at dusk"

(... is a kind of weaken ) lose significance, effectiveness, or value

"The school system is collapsing" "The stock market collapsed"

(... is a kind of weaken ) become progressively weaker

"the laughter died down"

(... is a kind of weaken ) become less intense and fade away gradually

"her resistance melted under his charm" "her hopes evaporated after years of waiting for her fiance"

(... is a kind of weaken ) become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude

(... is a kind of weaken ) lose strength

"My opponent was wilting"

Definition 2: lessen the strength of - [verb of change]

Samples where weaken or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The fever weakened his body

(weaken is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

(... is a kind of weaken ) deprive of energy

(... is a kind of weaken ) make less intense

"blunted emotions"

(... is a kind of weaken ) make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else

"she tempered her criticism"

(... is a kind of weaken ) make weak

"Life in the camp drained him"

(... is a kind of weaken ) weaken mentally or morally

(... is a kind of weaken ) reduce the amplitude (of oscillations or waves)

(... is a kind of weaken ) make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of

"Her optimism neutralizes his gloom" "This action will negate the effect of my efforts"

(... is a kind of weaken ) deprive of strength or vigor

"The Senate emasculated the law"

(... is a kind of weaken ) weaken the consistency of (a chemical substance)

(... is a kind of weaken ) lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture

"cut bourbon"

(... is a kind of weaken ) deprive of strength or efficiency; make useless or worthless

"This measure crippled our efforts" "Their behavior stultified the boss's hard work"

(... is a kind of weaken ) make weak by stunting the growth or development of

(... is a kind of weaken ) remove a brace or braces from

(... is a kind of weaken ) lessen the activity or force of

"The rising inflation depressed the economy"

(... is a kind of weaken ) undermine or cause to waver

"my faith has been shaken" "The bad news shook her hopes"

(... is a kind of weaken ) sap of life or energy

"The recession devitalized the economy"

(... is a kind of weaken ) weaken or destroy in spirit or body

"His resistance was broken" "a man broken by the terrible experience of near-death"

(... is a kind of weaken ) deplete of strength or vitality

"The illness washed her out"

(weaken causes ...) become weaker

"The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days"

Definition 3: reduce the level or intensity or size or scope of - [verb of change]

Samples where weaken or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • de-escalate a crisis

Synonyms for weaken in the sense of this definition

(weaken is a kind of ...) make smaller

"He decreased his staff"

Definition 4: lessen in force or effect - [verb of change]

Samples where weaken or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • soften a shock
  • break a fall

Synonyms for weaken in the sense of this definition

(weaken is a kind of ...) make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation

"Terror blunted her feelings" "deaden a sound"

(... is a kind of weaken ) make soundproof

"deafen a room"

(... is a kind of weaken ) make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible

"muffle the message"

Samples where weaken or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war

Synonyms for weaken in the sense of this definition

(weaken is a kind of ...) refuse to go along with; refuse to follow; be disobedient

"He disobeyed his supervisor and was fired"

(... is a kind of weaken ) cause to run off the tracks

"they had planned to derail the trains that carried atomic waste"

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