weaken

[ wee-kuhn ]
/ 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 formsweak·en·er, nounre·weak·en, verbun·weak·ened, adjectiveun·weak·en·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for weakened

weaken

/ (ˈwiːkən) /

verb

to become or cause to become weak or weaker
Derived Formsweakener, noun
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Word Origin and History for weakened

weaken


v.

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

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