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1‘the virus has weakened him terribly’
enfeeble, debilitate, incapacitate, sap one's strength, enervate, tire, exhaust, wear out
wither, erode, diminish, destroy
2‘she tried to weaken the impact of what she'd just said’
reduce, decrease, diminish, lessen, moderate, temper, sap, dilute, water down, thin, blunt, mitigate, deplete
3‘our morale weakened’
abate, lessen, decrease, dwindle, diminish, ease up, let up, trail off, wane, ebb, subside, peter out, melt away, fizzle out, taper off, tail off, grow dim, grow faint
decline, deteriorate, degenerate, shrivel, wilt, tire, languish, falter
4‘the move weakened her authority’
impair, undermine, compromise
invalidate, refute, rebut, negate, discredit
5‘when she wept and begged him not to turn her out he weakened’
relent, give in, acquiesce, yield, give way, accede, succumb, come round
consent, assent, agree
soften, bend, ease up, ease off
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