Weakening
Weaken Weak"en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Weakened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Weakening}.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]

Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. --Neh. vi. 9. [1913 Webster]

2. To reduce in quality, strength, or spirit; as, to weaken tea; to weaken any solution or decoction. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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