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.
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.
I'm sorry, too, that this means breaking up our friendship--if not breaking up, at least weakening it.
Marianne's illness, though weakening in its kind, had not been long enough to make her recovery slow; and with youth, natural strength, and her mother's presence in aid, it proceeded so smoothly as to enable her to remove, within four days after the arrival of the latter, into Mrs.