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That would weaken an already feeble opposition. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This policy both boosts your team and weakens your rival. Times, Sunday Times (2017)The department also weakened the curbs it did introduce. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The currency had already been weakened after China carried out the biggest devaluation in two decades last year. Times, Sunday Times (2016)And when her resolve weakened after he died, it was his memory that got her back on track. The Sun (2017)The union boss added the aim of the bribes was'to try to weaken the resolve of the union '. The Sun (2016)But you simply do not weaken your side when faced with a game you have to win to stand a chance of progressing in the Champions League. The Sun (2016)Iran also comes away weakened from the vote. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Their lack is the biggest gap in our economic statistics and seriously weakens all economic policy. MANAGEMENT: task, responsibilities, practices (1974)This terrible incident will not weaken the resolve of the men and women serving on the frontline. The Sun (2012)No chance that either side will take this lightly or field intentionally weakened teams. Times, Sunday Times (2013)But that influence is fatally weakened if government fingerprints are all over it. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Now my right side is weakening as well. Between Worlds: A Reader, Rhetoric and Handbook (1995)Her resolve was weakening and her debts mounting. Times, Sunday Times (2009)It can strengthen the belief in one side and weaken it in the other. Times, Sunday Times (2008)This may be explained by the fact that their present theoretical perspective has major shortcomings which seriously weaken the abolitionist case. The Politics of Redress - crime, punishment and penal abolition (1989)The militia has been seriously weakened. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The Inca had already been weakened by civil war. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Conservatives may worry that aggressive deficit reduction will further weaken an already limp recovery in the South. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Evidence of a recent softening of the British economy also could weaken tax receipts. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Of course, all teams will be weakened if you take out their best players. The Sun (2015)It was a satisfactory ending to a series fatally weakened by its stars' growth hormones. Times, Sunday Times (2014)But the shock was sufficient to bring down buildings already weakened earlier: thousands panicked. THE EARTH: An Intimate History (2004)But after another romantic dinner, could her resolve be weakening? The Sun (2015)Does the lack of an all-rounder weaken the team? Times, Sunday Times (2013)When one side is weakened, the other gains strength. Times, Sunday Times (2012)They can seriously weaken the tree, making it vulnerable to other pests and diseases. The Sun (2015)I have to find a way to changing my life but my resolve always weakens. The Sun (2012)They can also weaken nouns. A Short Guide to Writing About History (1995)It also weakens the credibility of a group leader if it's discovered that he or she has not gained victory over the bottle. Christianity Today (2000)
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British English: weaken VERB
If you weaken something or if it weakens, it becomes less strong or less powerful.
The recession has weakened many businesses.
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