weakening


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weak·en

 (wē′kən)
tr. & intr.v. weak·ened, weak·en·ing, weak·ens
To make or become weak or weaker.

weak′en·er n.

weakening

(ˈwiːkənɪŋ)
n
1. loss of physical strength
2. (Banking & Finance) finance reduction in value
3. lessening
adj
causing weakness
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.weakening - becoming weaker
debilitation, enfeeblement, exhaustion, enervation - serious weakening and loss of energy
transformation, transmutation, shift - a qualitative change
withering, atrophy - any weakening or degeneration (especially through lack of use)
attenuation, fading - weakening in force or intensity; "attenuation in the volume of the sound"
downfall, fall - a sudden decline in strength or number or importance; "the fall of the House of Hapsburg"
loosening, slackening, relaxation - an occurrence of control or strength weakening; "the relaxation of requirements"; "the loosening of his grip"; "the slackening of the wind"
strengthening - becoming stronger
2.weakening - the act of reducing the strength of something
reduction, step-down, diminution, decrease - the act of decreasing or reducing something
wilting, wilt - causing to become limp or drooping
dilution - weakening (reducing the concentration) by the addition of water or a thinner
etiolation - the act of weakening by stunting the growth or development of something; "the etiolation of the critical tradition"
strengthening - the act of increasing the strength of something
Adj.1.weakening - causing debilitation
debilitating - impairing the strength and vitality
2.weakening - moderating by making pain or sorrow weaker
moderating - lessening in intensity or strength
Translations

weakening

[ˈwiːkənɪŋ]
A. N [of muscles, structure, currency, economy, power] → debilitamiento m
we have seen a weakening of government resolvehemos observado un debilitamiento en la resolución del gobierno
B. ADJ [effect] → debilitante

weakening

[ˈwiːknɪŋ] n (gen) → indebolimento; (of grip) → allentamento; (of influence) → diminuzione f

weakening

n debilitamiento, decaimiento
References in classic literature ?
A subtle current of desire passed through her body, weakening her hold upon the brushes and making her eyes burn.
It is true, monsieur; but, so far from weakening our efforts, they set us an example of courage in their own fortitude.
A man still well preserved, and free from weakening vices, he was a dangerous rival to younger and faster San Francisco, in the eyes of the sex, who knew how to value a repose they did not themselves possess.
This kick had the effect of not only weakening Hughes, but Covey also.
Joe felt, as I did, that he had made a point there, and he pulled hard at his pipe to keep himself from weakening it by repetition.
That he was weakening perceptibly was evident, but so also was the ape, whose struggles were growing momentarily less.
Paulvitch's naturally malign disposition was aggravated by the weakening and warping of his mental and physical faculties through torture and privation.
Her doctor told her that within a few months, at most, she must die, for her heart is weakening.
It never occurred to him that by this action he was weakening himself, depriving himself of friends and of those who had thrown themselves into his lap, whilst he aggrandized the Church by adding much temporal power to the spiritual, thus giving it greater authority.
What can be the good of weakening a corps by placing the right here, and the left there?
The logs swayed and chafed and groaned as fresh consignments from up-stream battered the now weakening dam.
Also, the strong current which sets east out of Lancaster Sound carried with it mile upon mile of what they call pack-ice--rough ice that has not frozen into fields; and this pack was bombarding the floe at the same time that the swell and heave of the storm-worked sea was weakening and undermining it.