weaken

verb
ADVERB
considerably, greatly, seriously, severely, significantly, substantially
badly

The military was badly weakened by the sanctions.

fatally

The regime was fatally weakened by the unrest and violence.

dramatically

exchange rates that dramatically weakened the dollar

further
slightly, somewhat
gradually, progressively, steadily

Central authority has been progressively weakened since the outbreak of the civil war.

permanently
eventually, ultimately

The storm eventually weakened.

VERB + WEAKEN
begin to, start to
continue to

The British pound continued to weaken against the dollar.

serve to

The judgement serves to weaken public confidence in the courts.

attempt to, try to
tend to
threaten to
be designed to

a move designed to weaken the rebels

Weaken is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑knee
Weaken is used with these nouns as the object: ↑accountability, ↑argument, ↑belief, ↑bond, ↑case, ↑confidence, ↑defence, ↑economy, ↑hold, ↑impact, ↑institution, ↑link, ↑muscle, ↑opposition, ↑party, ↑support, ↑system, ↑tie

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