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American English: /wik/
British English: /wiːk/

Translation of weak in Spanish:

adjective weaker, weakest

  • 1 1.1
    poco sólido
    in a weak voice
    con voz débil
    I was too weak to lift it
    no me daban las fuerzas para levantarlo
    to have a weak heart/chest
    sufrir del corazón/pecho
    he has a weak constitution he was weak with hunger
    se sentía débil del hambre que tenía
    I was weak from laughing so much
    quedé agotado de tanto reírme
    I went weak at the knees
    se me aflojaron las piernas
    to grow weak
    the weaker sex [dated] he has a very weak chin
    tiene el mentón muy poco pronunciado (lo cual se ve como indicio de debilidad de carácter)
    Example sentences
    • Of course, I had no power and I was very weak physically, so I felt very helpless and exposed.
    • When the woman was asked why she drank so much malted milk, she explained that her weak physical state made it difficult for her to cook, so she just drank milk for nutrition.
    • Recently, I began to feel weak with little strength in my legs.
    Example sentences
    • One of those lessons is how weak Britain's influence has been over the American administration.
    • Or is it that they were raised by a strong father figure and a weak female influence?
    • Education levels, at least higher education levels, have a mixed and somewhat weak influence on rural income growth rates.
    Example sentences
    • He has been left with slurred speech, and the left side of his body is weak after his brain was damaged.
    • The arms may feel weak, the patient no longer being able to lift heavy objects.
    • You may have a weak immune system.
    Example sentences
    • In many ways, the force of gravity is extremely weak.
    • In fact, scientists could and did show that gravity was too weak a force to account for the movement of continents.
    • But even after nearly 90 years the theory remains notoriously hard to test because gravity is such a weak force.
    Example sentences
    • Bones with osteoporosis are weak and break easily.
    • Breeders argue that the tails will be poor, weak, easily damaged things, which will need to be amputated anyway, because they're sure to be injured.
    • This problem makes your bones weak, so they break easily.
    1.2 (ineffectual)
    I'm so weak, I can't resist chocolates
    tengo muy poca fuerza de voluntad, no sé decir que no a un bombón
    Example sentences
    • Refs aren't such weak characters that they would allow their impartiality to be compromised on this basis.
    • Chelmsford, a man of weak character and mediocre talents, marched into Zululand only to suffer one of the most humiliating defeats in British military history at Isandlwana.
    • In the myth-making of the Middle East, it allowed the West to be portrayed as weak and irresolute.
  • 2 2.1 (not competent)
    he's very weak in biology
    está muy flojo en biología
    Example sentences
    • This may raise a few eyebrows, but it is not the fault of an individual to be a member of a weak team.
    • The team is so weak at cornerback that forcing the action in the opponent's backfield is the only way it can succeed.
    • Having a weak team represent the league would be like sending a donkey to race against thoroughbreds.
    Example sentences
    • Although too weak for NBA standards, he is certainly not a liability on the defensive end.
    • A pessimistic view would be that it is a question for weak students to do badly, average students to avoid, and for good students to prove.
    • You know, when you're in a police force or in a firefighting unit, who the weak guys on your team are.
    2.2 (not convincing)
    poco convincente
    Example sentences
    • Almost as bad is that it's artistically and logically weak.
    • Although it has a superficial sheen, the film is mired in structural errors, weak plot contrivances and flimsy characterisation.
    • For decades, such films were low-grade romances with weak plots interfused with 20-odd musical outbursts.
  • 3 (diluted)
    poco cargado
    Example sentences
    • Rinse off then give a final wipe over with a weak solution of vinegar and water to produce a sparkling surface free of streaks.
    • At this point you may want to water the plant with a weak solution of balanced plant food.
    • So this is my penance, she thinks, grimacing after taking another sip of the weak liquid.
  • 4
    Example sentences
    • Stressed syllables retain full vowel quality, whereas unstressed syllables may have weak vowels.
    • In many limericks extra weak syllables may be squeezed in almost anywhere, but we still recognise a familiar underlying metrical pattern.
    • He pioneered a style of French text-setting in which the accentuation of weak syllables made for unusual forcefulness and clarity.
    Example sentences
    • Some phrasal verbs prefer a weak form (contrast The car sped up the hill and The car speeded up).
    • Old English verbs were grouped in two major groups: weak verbs and strong verbs.
    • Weak verbs correspond to modern English regular verbs.
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