Definition of weaken :
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. To reduce in quality, strength, or spirit; as, to weaken tea; to weaken any solution or decoction.
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disable (part of speech: verb)
enfeeble, incapacitate, deaden, stupefy, disarm, hinder, benumb, lame, cripple, vitiate, abrogate, handicap, botch, cramp, tamper, sap, hamper, undermine, impair, paralyze, hamstring, prostrate, hobble, anesthetize, dull, disable, scotch, screw up, neutralize, invalidate, stun
enfeeble (part of speech: verb)
- The raid of 1918 did not weaken the lumber workers' Union in Centralia. - "The Centralia Conspiracy", Ralph Chaplin.
- " I hate to see a man weaken. - "Jeanne of the Marshes", E. Phillips Oppenheim.
- Germany thus needed to concentrate all of her available submarines at these points; she had an inadequate number for her purpose; to send any considerable force three thousand miles across the Atlantic would simply weaken her efforts in the real scene of warfare and would make her submarine campaign a failure. - "The Victory At Sea", William Sowden Sims Burton J. Hendrick.