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Synonyms for weaken
ˈwi kənweak·en

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Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. weaken

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

    Antonyms:
    strengthen, invigorate, empower, corroborate, confirm

Princeton's WordNet

  1. weakenverb

    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. weakenverb

    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, weakenverb

    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 downverb

    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, breakverb

    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

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. weakenverb

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

  2. weakenverb

    Synonyms:
    invalidate, make of less effect

  3. weakenverb

    Synonyms:
    reduce, depress, debase, lower

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. weakenverb

    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 for "weaken":

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

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How to use weaken in a sentence?

  1. Kee Kim:

    If you’re just moving house and it’s temporary, then a brace is a good idea, but using it all the time is counterproductive because you are allowing the muscles to weaken.

  2. Yutaka Miura:

    The biggest concern for the Japanese market now is whether the dollar will weaken against the yen further, you don't know how U.S. stocks will perform after the jobs data release, so most investors are nervous.

  3. 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.

  4. Csar Ros:

    The change of government doesnt mean the United States is going to weaken its borders so that there would be a massive migration. All of the families in the region have to take this into account, the fact that (Biden) has committed to a respectful approach to human rights doesnt mean theyre going to make immigration easier.

  5. Wayne Koff:

    For the older ones, you identify the virus, either inactivate it or weaken it, and inject it, you trick the body into thinking it is infected with the actual virus, and when you're exposed, you mount a robust immune response.


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