Weak·en v. t. [imp. & p. p. Weakened p. pr. & vb. n. Weakening.]
1. To make weak; to lessen the strength of; to deprive of strength; to debilitate; to enfeeble; to enervate; as, to weaken the body or the mind; to weaken the hands of a magistrate; to weaken the force of an objection or an argument.
Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. --Neh. vi. 9.
2. To reduce in quality, strength, or spirit; as, to weaken tea; to weaken any solution or decoction.
Weak·en, v. i. To become weak or weaker; to lose strength, spirit, or determination; to become less positive or resolute; as, the patient weakened; the witness weakened on cross-examination. “His notion weakens, his discernings are lethargied.”
v 1: lessen the strength of; "The fever weakened his body" [ant:
2: become weaker; "The prisoner's resistance weakened after
seven days" [ant: strengthen]
3: destroy property or hinder normal operations; "The
Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war"
[syn: sabotage, undermine, countermine, counteract,
4: reduce the level or intensity or size or scope of;
"de-escalate a crisis" [syn: de-escalate, step down]
5: lessen in force or effect; "soften a shock"; "break a fall"
[syn: dampen, damp, soften, break]