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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Weaken  \Weak"en\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Weakened};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Weakening}.] 
  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 
  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. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Weaken  \Weak"en\,  v.  i. 
  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. 
  ``His  notion  weakens,  his  discernings  are  lethargied.'' 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  v  1:  lessen  the  strength  of  "The  fever  weakened  his  body"  [ant: 
  2:  become  weaker;  "The  prisoner's  resistance  weakened  after 
  seven  days"  [ant:  {strengthen}] 
  3:  destroy  property  or  hinder  normal  operations;  "The 
  Resistance  sabotaged  railroad  operations  during  the  war" 
  [syn:  {sabotage},  {undermine},  {countermine},  {counteract}, 
  4:  reduce  the  level  or  intensity  of  "de-escalate  a  crisis" 
  [syn:  {de-escalate},  {step  down}]  [ant:  {escalate}] 
  5:  lessen  in  force  or  effect;  "soften  a  shock";  "break  a  fall" 
  [syn:  {dampen},  {damp},  {soften},  {break}] 

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