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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. Peter Kinsella:

    It could be that they are realising interventions are futile - there is no point throwing good money after bad - and letting the currency weaken a little bit.

  2. Jeff Sessions:

    We can weaken these networks, reduce fentanyl availability, andsave lives.

  3. Mitsuo Imaizumi:

    The solid jobs report gives us more reason to expect the Fed to announce that it's prepared to start trimming its balance sheet, by contrast, the Bank of Japan is nowhere near a policy exit, and it's taking steps that weaken the yen.

  4. Sarah Eckhardt:

    I would ask the community — and strongly suggest — that panic will weaken us. So let's do what our mothers taught Sarah Eckhardt : let's cover our sneezes, let's wash our hands, and let's be good neighbors, keep calm and carry on, y' all, and remember what your momma taught ya.

  5. 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.


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