Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably


[wee-kuh n] /ˈwi kən/
verb (used with object)
to make weak or weaker.
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)
to become weak or weaker.
Origin of weaken
1520-30; weak + -en1
Related forms
weakener, noun
reweaken, verb
unweakened, adjective
unweakening, adjective
1, 3. enfeeble, debilitate, enervate, undermine, sap, exhaust, deplete, lessen, diminish, lower, reduce, impair, minimize, invalidate.
1, 3. strengthen. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for weakened
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Age had steeped him deep in black wisdom, not weakened his powers of evil.

    A Witch Shall Be Born Robert E. Howard
  • She, was as diminutive and weakened as he was ponderous and heavy.

    The Martian Cabal Roman Frederick Starzl
  • His officers were neither slow nor cold, but no one did much except the hero Riccardo, who night and day weakened the Colonnese.

    The Makers of Modern Rome Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  • Meanwhile she weakened and faded day by day, despite all the care with which she was surrounded.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • If persisted in, the results of this vice are a ruined nervous system and a weakened character.

    Herself E. B. Lowry
British Dictionary definitions for weakened


to become or cause to become weak or weaker
Derived Forms
weakener, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for weakened



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for weaken

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for weakened

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for weakened