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weak /wi:k/
  • tính từ
    • yếu, yếu ớt
      • to grow weak: yếu đi
    • thiếu nghị lực, yếu đuối, mềm yếu, nhu nhược
      • a weak moment: một phút yếu đuối
      • weak character: tính tình nhu nhược mềm yếu
    • kém, non; thiếu quá
      • weak in algebra: kém về đại số
      • weak memory: trí nhớ kém
      • weak sight and hearing: mắt kém tai nghễnh ngãng
      • a weak team of volleyball players: một đội bóng chuyền kém
      • a weak staff: biên chế thiếu quá
    • loãng, nhạt
      • weak tea: trà loãng
Concise Dictionary
weaker|weakestwɪːk
adj.
+having little physical or spiritual strength
+overly diluted; thin and insipid
+used of vowels or syllables; pronounced with little or no stress
+having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings
+tending downward in price
+deficient or lacking in some skill
+lacking physical strength or vitality
+(used of verbs) having standard (or regular) inflection
+not having authority, political strength, or governing power
+deficient in magnitude; barely perceptible; lacking clarity or brightness or loudness etc
+likely to fail under stress or pressure
+deficient in intelligence or mental power

Thesaurus Dictionary
adj.
1 feeble, frail, fragile, unsubstantial, flimsy, breakable, frangible, delicate, rickety, unsteady, unsound, decrepit, shaky, infirm:
That chair is too weak for you to stand on.
2 frail, infirm, debilitated, enervated, delicate, sickly, anaemic, wasted, decrepit, puny, effete, worn out, tired, exhausted:
When I last saw Tindell he was so weak he could hardly lift his brandy glass.
3 unassertive, retiring, namby-pamby, spineless, irresolute, impotent, ineffectual, ineffective, incompetent, feckless, inept, wishy-washy, timid, meek, craven, timorous, cowardly, pusillanimous, lily-livered, chicken-hearted, Colloq chicken, yellow:
We know which is the weaker partner in that marriage, don't we?
4 feeble, lame, half-baked, poor, miserable, unconvincing, unpersuasive, empty, shallow, flimsy, hollow, pathetic, pitiful, unbelievable, untenable:
Edward made some weak excuse for being late. I found Mona's argument against birth control very weak indeed.
5 weak-minded, dim-witted, dull-witted, slow-witted, foolish, feeble-minded, simple, simple-minded, soft-headed, stupid, dull, moronic, imbecilic, Colloq dumb:
They seek out people of weaker intelligence and make fools of them.
6 faint, dim, poor, dull, pale, faded, indistinct, vague, hazy, imperceptible, indiscernible, unclear, blurred, blurry, muzzy, wavering, faltering, ill-defined, feeble, flickering, subdued:
I could hardly see her face in the weak light of the candle.
7 feeble, subdued, low, soft, hushed, muffled, muted, almost inaudible, stifled, indistinct:
When the victim finally spoke, his voice was very weak.
8 See watery, 1, above.
9 weak point. See weakness, 3, below.
weaken
v.
1 debilitate, enfeeble, enervate, emasculate, mitigate, moderate, dilute, deplete, diminish, lessen, depress, lower, reduce, sap, undermine, exhaust, impoverish:
The continuous torture helped to weaken Errol's resolve.
2 fade, dwindle, tire, droop, sag, fail, give way, crumble, flag:
My determination weakened when I saw what had happened to the children.
3 give in, relent, acquiesce, give way, yield, accede, consent, agree, assent, soften, bend, ease up, let up, ease off, relax:
If you ask very politely, she might weaken and allow you to go out and play.
4 water (down), dilute, thin (out):
Adding the water so weakened the soup that it tasted like dishwater.
weakling
n.
milksop, baby, mollycoddle, lightweight, namby-pamby, US and Canadian milquetoast, Colloq sissy or Brit also cissy, loser, cream puff, jellyfish, pushover, softie or softy, Slang wimp, twerp or twirp, US weak sister, schnook, schlemiel or schlemihl or shlemiel:
If you count on a weakling like Geoffrey, nothing will ever get done.
Advanced English Dictionary
+ adjective (weaker, weakest)
not physically strong
1 not physically strong: She is still weak after her illness. + His legs felt weak. + She suffered from a weak heart.
likely to break
2 that cannot support a lot of weight; likely to break: That bridge is too weak to carry heavy traffic.
without power
3 easy to influence; not having much power: a weak and cowardly man + In a weak moment (= when I was easily persuaded) I said she could borrow the car. + a weak leader / country + The unions have always been weak in this industry.
poor / sick people
4 (the weak) noun [pl.] people who are poor, sick or without power
currency / economy
5 not financially strong or successful: a weak currency / economy / market
not good at sth
6 ~ (in sth) not good at sth: a weak team + I was always weak in the science subjects.
not convincing
7 that people are not likely to believe or be persuaded by: weak arguments / evidence + I enjoyed the movie but I thought the ending was very weak.
hard to see / hear
8 not easily seen or heard: a weak light / signal / sound
without enthusiasm
9 done without enthusiasm or energy: a weak smile + He made a weak attempt to look cheerful.
liquid
10 a weak liquid contains a lot of water: weak tea
point / spot
11 ~ point / spot the part of a person's character, an argument, etc. that is easy to attack or criticize: The team's weak points are in defence. + He knew her weak spot where Steve was concerned.
grammar
12 a weak verb forms the past tense, etc. by adding -d, -ed or -t (for example walk, walked) and not by changing a vowel (for example run, ran)
phonetics
13 (of the pronunciation of some words) used when there is no stress on the word. For example, the weak form of and is .
Antonym: STRONG
Idioms

weak at the knees (informal) hardly able to stand because of emotion, fear, illness, etc: His sudden smile made her go weak at the knees.
the weak link (in the chain) the point at which a system or an organization is most likely to fail: She went straight for the one weak link in the chain of his argument.
Collocation Dictionary
adj

VERBS

appear, be, feel, look, seem, sound | become, go | remain | leave sb, make sb
When the spasm passed, it left him weak and sweating.

ADV.

decidedly, extremely, fundamentally, particularly, very | a bit, comparatively, fairly, pretty, quite, rather, relatively | curiously
He complained of feeling curiously weak and faint.
| surprisingly | dangerously | lamentably | suddenly
Her legs felt suddenly weak.
| inherently
The judge decided the evidence was inherently weak and inconsistent.
| economically, mentally, militarily, physically, politically

PREP.

at
She's rather weak at maths.
| from
She was weak from shock.
| in
He's weak in English.
| on
The essay was a bit weak on detail.
| with
He was weak with hunger.

PHRASES

weak at the knees
His sudden smile made her go weak at the knees.


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