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English verb: weaken

1. weaken (change) lessen the strength of

SamplesThe fever weakened his body.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)attenuate, blunt, break, castrate, cripple, cut, dampen, de-energise, de-energize, debilitate, depress, devitalise, devitalize, dilute, drain, emasculate, enervate, enfeeble, etiolate, mollify, negate, neutralise, neutralize, nullify, rarefy, reduce, season, shake, stultify, temper, thin, thin out, unbrace, wash out


Antonymsbeef up, fortify, strengthen

2. weaken (change) become weaker

SamplesThe prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)decrease, diminish, fall, lessen

Narrower (hyponym)attenuate, blur, collapse, die down, dim, disappear, dull, evaporate, fade, languish, lessen, loose, loosen, melt, melt, pall, pine away, relax, slack, slacken, slacken, slow, slow down, slow up, slur, subside, waste, wilt


3. weaken (social) destroy property or hinder normal operations

SamplesThe Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war.

Synonymscounteract, countermine, sabotage, subvert, undermine

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)disobey

Narrower (hyponym)derail

4. weaken (change) reduce the level or intensity or size or scope of

SamplesDe-escalate a crisis.

Synonymsde-escalate, step down

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)decrease, lessen, minify

Antonymsescalate, intensify, step up

5. weaken (change) lessen in force or effect

SamplesSoften a shock.
Break a fall.

Synonymsbreak, damp, dampen, soften

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)blunt, deaden

Narrower (hyponym)damp, dampen, deaden, deafen

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