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 ?
Secondly, the weakening of the authority of princes, as if they were less of themselves.
For weakening of authority; the fable showeth the remedy.
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.
Hooja's men, working in relays, were com-mencing to show the effects of the strain under which they had been forced to work without food or water, and I think their weakening aided us almost as much as the slight freshening of the wind.
A subtle current of desire passed through her body, weakening her hold upon the brushes and making her eyes burn.
That he was weakening perceptibly was evident, but so also was the ape, whose struggles were growing momentarily less.
This weakening or depreciation of the peso is a phenomenon that is not easily understood.
The downgrade of BBK's and National Bank of Bahrain's BCAs to ba1, from baa3, also reflects Moody's expectations that the drop in oil prices and the weakening in the government's fiscal position will weigh on the banks' standalone credit profiles.
Global Banking News-January 21, 2015--Belarus central bank expecting a weakening of rouble
Summary: The Egyptian pound hit a record low on Tuesday after weakening again at a central bank US dollar auction designed to stem a decline in the country's dwindling foreign currency reserves.
The meeting in Korea of 20 major advanced and emerging nations resolved to avoid weakening currencies to boost exports - a scenario that could cause a trade war - but stopped short of setting any targets.