From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishweakenweak‧en /ˈwiːkən/ ●●○ verb [intransitive, transitive] 🔊 🔊 1 POWERto make someone or something less powerful or less important, or to become less powerful opp strengthen 🔊 Over the last two years the president’s position has weakened. 🔊 Changes in policy have weakened the power of the trade unions. 🔊 The absence of this witness has weakened the case against the accused.2 WEAKto make someone lose their physical strength, or to become physically weak 🔊 Julia was weakened by her long illness.3 PERSUADEto make someone less determined, or to become less determined 🔊 Such policies weaken the resolve of potential troublemakers. 🔊 When she begged him to let her stay, he weakened.4 TECTBCto make a building, structure etc less strong, or to become less strong 🔊 The earthquake in Cairo weakened a number of structures.5 PECBFSif a particular country’s money or a company’s share prices weaken, or if they are weakened, their value is reducedweaken against 🔊 The pound has weakened against the dollar.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusweaken• It seems, too, that traditional values that prescribe a life of domesticity are weakening.• The soldiers' morale was beginning to weaken.• The city's defences had been weakened by enemy shelling.• Hartman was weakened by flu, but still managed to play.• That is one reason so many Republicans want him to remain in place even in a weakened condition.• By 1945, the country's power was weakening considerably.• Her long illness has weakened her so much that she has difficulty walking.• Trying to please everyone inevitably leads to compromise, and that in turn weakens individual expression.• Birthday shows us that weakening is inevitable, but not always fatal.• It is a manner of speech now increasingly rare in the world, faded and ever weakening like a lost radio signal.• By launching the new forum Mr Heseltine is getting his own back on the now weakened Mr Lamont.• Pleasure, a rarity at any rate, only serves to weaken one; what one really needs is stamina and discipline.• Inside the house the heat weakened only slightly.• Some parents are worried that public education weakens the family's influence.• The explosion severely weakened the foundations of the house.