Weaken Synonyms and Antonyms

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Synonyms for Weaken

(Intransitive) To become faded; to grow weak; to lose strength; to decay; to perish gradually; to wither, as a plant.
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(Archaic) To underrate; underestimate
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(Law) To claim incapacity as setting aside or preventing enforcement of (a deed or contract).
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To undermine the morale of someone (often soften up).
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To walk,move or stand unsteadily or falteringly; threatening to fall.
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To become weak or faint; lose strength; languish
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To become weaker
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To bring out or develop completely; to discuss thoroughly; as, to exhaust a subject.
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To diminish or destroy the strength or vitality of.
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To impair the soundness, goodness, or value of; to harm or cause destruction.
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To make (a quantity) smaller.
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To become sicker after partial recovery from an illness.
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To make something less severe or tense.
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To decline, as in strength or effectiveness:
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(Intransitive) Said of a time period that comes to an end.
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To fall apart; to disintegrate.
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To waver.
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To walk lamely, especially with irregularity, as if favoring one leg.
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(By extension) To run through from first to last; to repeat like a schoolboy declining a noun.
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The definition of abate means to become less or lower in amount or force than at a prior time.
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To feel great fear or anxiety
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To mark with a flag, especially to indicate the importance of something.
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To faint is defined as to pass out or to lose consciousness for a period of time.
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(Idiomatic) Decelerate.
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To remove something by washing.
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(Chemistry) To decrease the valence of (an atom) by adding electrons.
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To reduce to a minimum; decrease to the least possible amount, degree, etc.
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(Medicine) To partially or completely remove a nerve.
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Cripple is defined as to disable or make unable to function properly.
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To take away characteristics traditionally associated with masculinity, such as courage or strength:
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To remove the testicles of a male; geld or emasculate.
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To cause to weaken, be damaged, or diminish, as in quality:
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To deprive of strength; make feeble.
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Unnerve is defined as to cause fear or loss of confidence.
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To make unable or unfit; esp., to make incapable of normal activity; disable
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Thin means in a slender or narrow way.
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To make thinner or less concentrated by adding a liquid such as water.
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To make weaker
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(US, intransitive) To wash one's hands and/or face, often around mealtimes.
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(Intransitive) To lose good or desirable qualities.
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Deteriorate is defined as to make or become worse or lower in value or quality.
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(Intransitive) To pine away in longing for something; to have low spirits, especially from lovesickness. [from 14th c.]
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To become lower in value or amount; lessen, as prices, funds, etc.
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To use up or spend without real need, gain, or purpose; squander
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To lose strength or power
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Attenuate is defined as to reduce the strength of an electrical signal.
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To sap the strength or energy of; enervate.
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To approach an enemy's position by saps
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To weaken by wearing away a base or foundation:
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To untie, disassemble, or loosen:
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To salivate in anticipation of food:
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To reduce pressure; to become less serious
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To relent is to become less severe, to soften in attitude or temper, or to give up on an intense position.
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To make or become less tense, taut, or firm; loosen:
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To produce
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To prevent the success of; thwart:
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To deplete is defined as to diminish or use up the supply of something.
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To lower in spirits; deject.
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(Music) To reduce (a perfect or a minor interval) by a half step
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To disable is defined as to make something not work that was working before, or to injure someone in a way that makes them unable to do something.
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To deprive (a male) of the power to reproduce, as by removing the testicles; castrate; geld
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To make invalid. Especially applied to contract law.
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To make less; to diminish; to reduce.
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To reduce the degree, intensity, strength, etc., of
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To impair the progress or functioning of; make inoperative or powerless:
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To sink, bend, or curve, esp. in the middle, from weight or pressure
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Tire is defined as becoming weary or in need of rest, or to lose interest.
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To reverse the effect of escalation on (something); reduce or lessen in scope, magnitude, etc.
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reduce the level or intensity or size or scope of
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(Intransitive) To become damp; to deaden.
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To restrain or check; discourage:
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To interrupt; to destroy the continuity of; to dissolve or terminate.
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Sabotage is defined as to intentionally destroy something.
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To counteract is to act in opposition to or against some force in order to neutralize the force.
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Subvert is defined as to overthrow, destroy or undermine.
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To become weaker
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Lose is defined as to wind up without something or to fail in a competition.
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Droop is defined as to hang down, bend down or to lose strength.
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To become weaker
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(Intransitive) To break or separate into pieces; to disintegrate or come apart.
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(Intransitive, idiomatic) To become insane; to suffer a mental breakdown.
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To deprive of richness or strength:
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Antonyms for Weaken

To renew in the mind; recall:
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To animate; to give moral strength to; to encourage; to fix in resolution; to hearten.
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Straighten is to make something orderly or unwavy.
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To cause to move more rapidly; hasten
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Animate is defined as to bring to life.
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(Intransitive, idiomatic) To accumulate, to pile up, to increase in stages.
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Words Related to Weaken

To cause to become greater in size, amount, degree, etc.; add to; augment
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In a strong manner; greatly, severely, vigorously, etc.
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Synonym Study

  • Undermine and sap both suggest a weakening or impairing by subtle or stealthy means authority undermined by rumors, strength sapped by disease
  • Enervate implies a lessening of force, vigor, energy, etc., as through indulgence in luxury enervated by idleness
  • Debilitate suggests a partial or temporary gradual weakening, as by disease or dissipation debilitated by alcoholic excesses
  • Weaken , the most general of these words, implies a lessening of strength, power, soundness, etc. weakened by disease, to weaken an argument
Find another word for weaken. In this page you can discover 106 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for weaken, like: fade, extenuate, stultify, soften, totter, wilt, fail in courage, exhaust, devitalize, damage and decrease.