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weaken

[wee-kuh n] /ˈwi kən/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make weak or weaker.
2.
Phonetics. to change (a speech sound) to an articulation requiring less effort, as from geminate to nongeminate or from stop to fricative.
verb (used without object)
3.
to become weak or weaker.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; weak + -en1
Related forms
weakener, noun
reweaken, verb
unweakened, adjective
unweakening, adjective
Synonyms
1, 3. enfeeble, debilitate, enervate, undermine, sap, exhaust, deplete, lessen, diminish, lower, reduce, impair, minimize, invalidate.
Antonyms
1, 3. strengthen.
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British Dictionary definitions for unweakened

weaken

/ˈwiːkən/
verb
1.
to become or cause to become weak or weaker
Derived Forms
weakener, noun
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Word Origin and History for unweakened

weaken

v.

1520s, from weak + -en (1). The earlier verb was simply weak (late 14c.). Related: Weakened; weakening.

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