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[wee-kuh n] /ˈwi kən/
verb (used with object)
to make weak or weaker.
Phonetics. to change (a speech sound) to an articulation requiring less effort, as from geminate to nongeminate or from stop to fricative.
verb (used without object)
to become weak or weaker.
Origin of weaken
First recorded in 1520-30; weak + -en1
Related forms
weakener, noun
reweaken, verb
unweakened, adjective
unweakening, adjective
1, 3. enfeeble, debilitate, enervate, undermine, sap, exhaust, deplete, lessen, diminish, lower, reduce, impair, minimize, invalidate.
1, 3. strengthen. Unabridged
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  • Age had steeped him deep in black wisdom, not weakened his powers of evil.

    A Witch Shall Be Born Robert E. Howard
  • The man, weakened as he was, recovered his quiet despair first.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • His officers were neither slow nor cold, but no one did much except the hero Riccardo, who night and day weakened the Colonnese.

    The Makers of Modern Rome Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  • But he was so weakened by his terrific exertions that he could only hold what he had gained.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • If persisted in, the results of this vice are a ruined nervous system and a weakened character.

    Herself E. B. Lowry
British Dictionary definitions for weakened


to become or cause to become weak or weaker
Derived Forms
weakener, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for weakened



1520s, from weak + -en (1). The earlier verb was simply weak (late 14c.). Related: Weakened; weakening.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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