What is the opposite of strengthen?

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Opposite of to make stronger or more solid
“If your hair has been permed or relaxed, color has to be applied carefully or it can weaken the structure of your hair.”
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Opposite of to consolidate or reinforce, especially an opinion or feeling
“Her opponent argues the opposite point, and she must find evidence that can weaken his argument.”
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Opposite of to give strength to on a physiological level
“In adults, lead poisoning can result in damage to the central nervous system and severely weaken fingers, joints, wrists, and ankles.”
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Opposite of to reinforce, especially by addition or augmentation
“The buildings are subject to periodic earthquakes and volcanic activity that can destabilize them.”
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Opposite of to gain in strength or intensity
“Patients should be observed in a closed ward setting until signs and symptoms abate.”
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Opposite of to scale up
“For two to three days immediately preceding competition, Trent would decrease the intensity of his workout and increase his carbohydrate intake.”
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Opposite of to strengthen or toughen a material by heat treatment
“Annealing is required to soften the steel and eliminate strains from forging.”
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Opposite of to rapidly grow out of proportion or control
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Opposite of to promote or nurture the development of
“Conversely, evidence of unmistakable hostility toward that same population is expected to impede the development of a belief in the mutability of existing conditions.”
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Opposite of to impart vigor, strength, or vitality to
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Opposite of to physically harden a substance or material, typically using a chemical process
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Opposite of to become or make more intense
“During the midsection of the morning, I was able to abate my longing for biscuits by eating a slice of homemade fruit cake.”
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(of a feeling or problem) Opposite of to become worse or more intense
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Opposite of to make safe or protect against threats
“The shape-shifting cyborg took on the identity of a woman and used flesh-and-blood wiles as much as her robotic powers to attack John Connor.”
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Opposite of to emphasize, stress, or indicate the importance of
“To say that fantasy movies have not been a big draw at the box office is to understate the matter.”
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Opposite of to ready oneself for a challenging experience
“How is it they as believers could succumb to the experience of being forsaken by God, in terror before the withdrawal of divine love?”
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Opposite of to instill courage into
“The dragon's loud roar served to startle the enemy soldiers.”
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(of people, nations or organizations) Opposite of to come or bring together for a common purpose or action
“He claims that he was only trying to separate the two men involved in an altercation.”
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Opposite of to maintain or defend, as a cause or a claim, by words or measures
“Consequently, they tried to develop new forms of ethnographic representations or even abandon the notion of representation as a whole.”
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Opposite of to increase the strength and diminish the bulk of, as of a liquid or an ore
“Authorities released a dispersing liquid into the coastal waters to dilute the slick.”
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Opposite of to prevent entry or passage with a physical barrier
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Opposite of to give evidence or testimony to the truth or factuality of
“Of course, they look for information that they want to hear and they try to disprove or suppress information they don't want to hear.”
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