Weak"en (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Weakened (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Weakening.]


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.


To reduce in quality, strength, or spirit; as, to weaken tea; to weaken any solution or decoction.


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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."



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