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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

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How to use weaken in a sentence?

  1. Deng Yuwen:

    Obviously, China has the intention to compete with the U.S. for a greater sphere of influence in the region, but whether this strategy will weaken U.S. influence now is hard to judge.

  2. James Mattis:

    I may not like a commander in chief one fricking bit, but our system puts the commander in chief there, and to further weaken him when we're up against real threats -- I mean, we could be at war on the Korean Peninsula, every time they start launching something.

  3. Thomas Lee:

    We can build upon the gains from here, if inflation is getting stronger, the U.S. dollar should weaken even more and that is an even bigger support for stocks.

  4. Douglas Borthwick:

    There's certainly a fear in the market of being long the Swiss franc now because the SNB could weaken it.

  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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