AskDefine | Define weakened

The Collaborative Dictionary

Weaken \Weak"en\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Weakened; p. pr. & vb. n. Weakening.] [1913 Webster]
To make weak; to lessen the strength of; to deprive of strength; to debilitate; to enfeeble; to enervate; as, to weaken the body or the mind; to weaken the hands of a magistrate; to weaken the force of an objection or an argument. [1913 Webster] Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. --Neh. vi.
[1913 Webster]
To reduce in quality, strength, or spirit; as, to weaken tea; to weaken any solution or decoction. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

weakened adj
1 impaired by diminution [syn: diminished, lessened, vitiated]
2 made weak or weaker
3 reduced in strength; "the faded tones of an old recording" [syn: attenuate, attenuated, faded]
4 mixed with water; "sold cut whiskey"; "a cup of thinned soup" [syn: cut, thinned]
5 used of inanimate objects or their value [syn: hurt]

Moby Thesaurus

abated, ablated, aggravated, attenuated, ausgespielt, bated, belittled, broken, burned, burned-out, burst, busted, cachectic, checked, chipped, consumed, contracted, cracked, crazed, curtailed, cut, damaged, debilitated, decreased, deflated, deteriorated, devitalized, diminished, disabled, dissipated, drained, drooping, droopy, dropped, effete, embittered, enervated, enfeebled, eroded, eviscerated, exacerbated, exhausted, fagged, failing, faint, fainting, fallen, fatigued, feeble, feeling faint, flagging, footsore, frail, frazzled, good and tired, harmed, healthless, hurt, impaired, imperfect, in bits, in pieces, in poor health, in shards, incapacitated, infirm, injured, invalid, irritated, jaded, lacerated, languid, languishing, less, lesser, lower, lowered, mangled, miniaturized, moribund, mutilated, pale, peaked, peaky, played out, ready to drop, reduced, reduced in health, rent, retrenched, run ragged, run-down, ruptured, sagging, sapped, scalded, scaled-down, scorched, seedy, shattered, shorn, shorter, shrunk, shrunken, sickly, slashed, slit, smaller, smashed, spent, split, sprung, the worse for, tired, tired-winged, toilworn, torn, unhealthy, unrefreshed, unrestored, unsound, used up, valetudinarian, valetudinary, wasted, watered-down, way-weary, wayworn, weak, weakly, wearied, weariful, weary, weary-footed, weary-laden, weary-winged, weary-worn, wilting, with low resistance, worn, worn-down, worn-out, worse, worse off, worsened



  1. Reduced, made less strong.
    His weakened immune system couldn't cope with the infection.


  1. past of weaken
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