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Synonyms for weaken
ˈwi kən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. weaken(verb)

    lessen the strength of

    "The fever weakened his body"

    Synonyms:
    undermine, step down, de-escalate, soften, countermine, dampen, sabotage, break, subvert, damp, counteract

    Antonyms:
    fortify, strengthen, beef up

  2. weaken(verb)

    become weaker

    "The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days"

    Synonyms:
    undermine, step down, de-escalate, soften, countermine, dampen, sabotage, break, subvert, damp, counteract

    Antonyms:
    strengthen, fortify, beef up

  3. sabotage, undermine, countermine, counteract, subvert, weaken(verb)

    destroy property or hinder normal operations

    "The Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war"

    Synonyms:
    countermine, countervail, bring down, vitiate, counterbalance, deprave, debauch, cave, soften, misdirect, overturn, demoralize, counteract, subvert, sabotage, debase, profane, corrupt, damp, pervert, neutralize, demoralise, countercheck, antagonise, de-escalate, undermine, step down, dampen, overthrow, antagonize, break

    Antonyms:
    strengthen, beef up, fortify

  4. de-escalate, weaken, step down(verb)

    reduce the level or intensity or size or scope of

    "de-escalate a crisis"

    Synonyms:
    subvert, step down, counteract, soften, resign, countermine, quit, leave office, de-escalate, dampen, break, sabotage, damp, undermine

    Antonyms:
    strengthen, fortify, beef up

  5. dampen, damp, soften, weaken, break(verb)

    lessen in force or effect

    "soften a shock"; "break a fall"

    Synonyms:
    crack, step down, break away, give way, soften, mince, reveal, give out, unwrap, conk out, part, wash, counteract, collapse, die, transgress, founder, discover, snap off, stop, go, demote, break out, separate, cushion, muffle, split, give away, damp, smash, dull, offend, get out, fracture, relegate, bring out, violate, pause, divulge, buffer, let on, get around, interrupt, wear out, cave in, deaden, break-dance, check, break up, breach, break in, give, split up, subvert, better, burst, go bad, break off, tone down, disclose, bust, erupt, moisten, relent, recrudesce, undermine, stifle, break dance, go against, dampen, fall in, bump, let out, ruin, fall apart, kick downstairs, de-escalate, break down, infract, fail, come apart, bankrupt, develop, mute, expose, break, moderate, discontinue, intermit, countermine, yield, wear, sabotage

    Antonyms:
    strengthen, fortify, beef up

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. weaken

    Synonyms:
    abrogate, annul, cancel, destroy, overthrow, shake, shatter, unsettle, upset

    Antonyms:
    assure, confirm, corroborate, establish, fix, prove, ratify, sanction, settle, strengthen, substantiate, sustain, uphold

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. weaken

    Synonyms:
    debilitate, enfeeble, enervate, dilute, impair, paralyze, attenuate, sap

    Antonyms:
    strengthen, invigorate, empower, corroborate, confirm

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. weaken(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    enfeeble, enervate, debilitate, break, unman, effeminate, emolliate, unnerve, make weak

  2. weaken(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    invalidate, make of less effect

  3. weaken(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    reduce, depress, debase, lower

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. weaken(v)

    Synonyms:
    debilitate, enfeeble, enervate, unnerve, emasculate, incapacitate, sap, undermine, unman, exhaust, deplete, dilute, thin, invalidate, impair, diminish, lower, decline

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    undermine, dilute, erode, emasculate, diminish, weakens, impair

How to pronounce weaken?

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How to use weaken in a sentence?

  1. Steve Warren:

    (It) may not knock you out today but over time begins to weaken your knees and cause you to not be able to function the way you'd like to.

  2. John Paul Stevens:

    That decision — which I remain convinced was wrong and certainly was debatable — has provided the NRA with a propaganda weapon of immense power, overturning that decision via a constitutional amendment to get rid of the Second Amendment would be simple and would do more to weaken the NRA’s ability to stymie legislative debate and block constructive gun control legislation than any other available option.

  3. Nikita Khrushchev:

    Your children’s children will live under communism. You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept Communism outright, but we’ll keep feeding you small doses of Socialism until you will finally wake up and find that you already have Communism. We won’t have to fight you; We’ll so weaken your economy, until you fall like overripe fruit into our hands.

  4. Niccolò Machiavelli:

    I consider it a mark of great prudence in a man to abstain from threats or any contemptuous expressions, for neither of these weaken the enemy, but threats make him more cautious, and the other excites his hatred, and a desire to revenge himself.

  5. Bruce Bagley:

    Of all of the symbols involved in the kingpin strategy( of targeting high-profile crime leaders in order to weaken their organization), El Chapo was by far the most important because El Chapo grew like a rocket, because El Chapo became so rich and so powerful.


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