weaken
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weaken
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to make weak)
a. debilitar
Lack of use weakened his arm and caused the muscles to atrophy.La falta de uso le debilitó el brazo y le causó que los músculos se atrofiaran.
2. (to dilute)
a. diluir
This drink has a bit too much alcohol. Could you weaken it for me?Esta bebida tiene demasiado alcohol. ¿Me la diluyes?
3. (to undermine)
a. debilitar
When the mayor doesn't adhere to the laws we create, he weakens our authority as policymakers.Cuando el alcalde no cumple las leyes que creamos, debilita nuestra autoridad como políticos.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to become weak)
a. debilitarse
If we don't work hard to reduce the national debt, the value of our currency will weaken.Si no nos esforzamos por reducir la deuda nacional, el valor de nuestra moneda se debilitará.
b. flaquear
They stopped going to mass when their faith weakened.Dejaron de ir a misa cuando su fe flaqueó.
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weaken
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (general)
a. debilitar
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (general)
a. debilitarse
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weaken [ˈwiːkən]
transitive verb
[+person, heart, structure, economy] debilitar; [+power, influence, resolve] menguar; debilitar; [+case, argument] quitar fuerza a; [+solution, mixture] diluir
a chronic neurological disease which weakens muscles malnutrition obviously weakens the patient I was weakened by my exertions, and fell and broke my arm his resignation weakened the party the recession has weakened so many firms that many can no longer survive a bomb blast had weakened an area of brick on the back wall her repeated pushing may even weaken the catch and damage it too much iron could not only clog arteries, but weaken the heart itself the chemotherapy would weaken her heart government attempts to weaken the power of the unions the scandal has certainly weakened the authority of the government the Prime Minister's opponents believe that her authority has been fatally weakened making threats you can't keep weakens your position they clearly tried to weaken the legal position of the unions he has delayed cutting interest rates here for fear of weakening the dollar even more a hike in German interest rates is unlikely, further weakening the mark this fact weakens your case add two parts of water to weaken the mixture the verdict hasn't weakened his resolve to fight the charges against him it will not in any way weaken our resolve to see this process through Saudis worry that the release of the hostages will weaken American resolve to take on the Iraqi leader to weaken sb's [grip] [hold] on sth any general trans possible in the light of the split?
he weakened his grip on her arm dejó de apretarle el brazo con tanta fuerza
they will do anything to weaken his grip hold on the country
he doesn't want to do anything that might weaken his grip on power no quiere hacer nada que pueda menguar el control que tiene sobre el país
Satellite technology is weakening governments' grip on broadcasting
intransitive verb
1 (grow weaker) [+person, muscle, structure, economy] debilitarse; [+power, influence, resolve] menguarse; debilitarse
without oxygen, the heart muscle weakens
the pound weakened against the dollar today hoy la libra ha bajado frente al dólar
prices have weakened las cotizaciones se han debilitado the Australian dollar weakened because of a cut in interest rates /I felt my resolve weakening/ as I surveyed the menu his influence is weakening when pupils sense a teacher's authority weakening, things can get out of hand with every day that passed she weakened the building's structure had weakened as a result of the tremor family structures are weakening and breaking up his voice had weakened since I last went to visit him I consider that the company has weakened as a result of stiffer competition
2 (give way) flaquear
then something inside him said, "Don't weaken!" Jenny weakened and finally relented
we must not weaken now no debemos flaquear, ahora menos que nunca
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