weaken Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “weaken” in the English Dictionary

"weaken" in British English

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weakenverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈwiː.kən/
C1 to (​cause to) ​become less ​strong, ​powerful, ​determined, or ​effective: You could ​see the ​poordog weakening ​daily as the ​diseasespread through ​itsbody. The ​bill would ​seriously weaken ​environmental protections. We ​know that ​prolongedexposure to ​vibration can weaken ​aircraftcomponents. She's weakening - ​ask her some more ​questions and ​see if she ​confesses.
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(Definition of weaken from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"weaken" in American English

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weakenverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈwi·kən/
to make or ​becomeweak or ​weaker: [I] The country’s ​economycontinues to weaken. [T] Long ​exposure to ​vibration can weaken ​aircraftparts.
(Definition of weaken from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"weaken" in Business English

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weakenverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈwiːkən/
ECONOMICS, POLITICS, FINANCE to become or make something or someone become less powerful, ​successful, ​effective, etc.: A ​series of ​scandals weakened ​investorconfidence. The ​plan has ​divided the country and weakened the ​government. They will ​reduceinterestrates if the ​economy weakens. They ​slashedprofitgrowthforecasts yesterday in the face of ​poorsales and weakening ​consumerspending.
STOCK MARKET, FINANCE if ​markets, ​investments, etc. weaken, or if something weakens them, they ​fall in ​value: weaken against sth Sterling might weaken against the ​euro if the ​dollar does. The ​shares weakened 2.5p to 225.25p. German ​producerprices weakened in July.
(Definition of weaken from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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