- Make or become weaker in power, resolve, or physical strength: [with object]: fault lines had weakened and shattered the rocks [no object]: his resistance had weakenedMore example sentences
enfeeble, debilitate, incapacitate, sap, enervate, tire, exhaust, wear out; wither, cripple, disable, emasculatediminish, soften, lessen, moderate, temper, dilute, blunt, mitigatedecrease, dwindle, diminish, wane, ebb, subside, peter out, fizzle out, tail off, decline, faltereat away at, compromise; invalidate, negate, discredit
- She hates this kind of thing normally, but all the hype and good reviews weakened her resolve.
- It did not weaken his resolve, although there are times when bitterness wells to the surface.
- His squad may be physically weakened, but he believes their resolve remains strong.
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- These are notorious weakeners of the immune system.
- Says Coleridge, one of the foremost of English thinkers: ‘I believe the habit of perusing periodical works may be properly added to the catalogue of anti-mnemonics, or weakeners of the memory.’
- As you might expect, increasing the number of interior walls in the signal's line of sight, ie fixed signal weakeners, made interference more likely, though again, a decent picture was usually possible, sometimes by making minor adjustments to the precise location of the receiver.