Weaken

Definition of Weaken

Weak´en
v. t.1.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.
Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done.
- Neh. vi. 9.
2.To reduce in quality, strength, or spirit; as, to weaken tea; to weaken any solution or decoction.
v. i.1.To become weak or weaker; to lose strength, spirit, or determination; to become less positive or resolute; as, the patient weakened; the witness weakened on cross-examination.

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