Definition of weak
1 : lacking strength: such asa : deficient in physical vigor : feeble, debilitatedb : not able to sustain or exert much weight, pressure, or strainc : not able to resist external force or withstand attackd : easily upset or nauseated a weak stomach
2a : mentally or intellectually deficientb : not firmly decided : vacillatingc : resulting from or indicating lack of judgment or discernmentd : not able to withstand temptation or persuasion the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
3 : not factually grounded or logically presented a weak argument
4a : not able to function properly weak eyesb (1) : lacking skill or proficiency tutoring for weaker students (2) : indicative of a lack of skill or aptitude history was my weakest subjectc : wanting in vigor of expression or effect a weak translation of the poem
5a : deficient in the usual or required ingredients : dilute weak coffeeb : lacking normal intensity or potency a weak radio signal a weak strain of virus
7 : of, relating to, or constituting a verb or verb conjugation that in English forms the past tense and past participle by adding the suffix -ed or -d or -t
8a : bearing the minimal degree of stress occurring in the language a weak syllableb : having little or no stress and obscured vowel sound 'd in he'd is the weak form of would
Examples of weak in a Sentence
He has a weak throwing arm.
The illness left her too weak to stand up.
The child was born with weak lungs.
The batter hit a weak ground ball.
She uttered her reply in a weak voice.
The door's hinge is weak.
Recent Examples of weak from the Web
In any case, the FCC seems prepared either to have no rules at all, or to have significantly weaker ones.
Codeine – Codeine is one of the weakest opioids, often given when painkillers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen fail to work.
Copper prices rose to their highest level in nearly two months Tuesday, buoyed by a weaker dollar.
But .500 is good enough to be close in the American League Central, which only figures to be weaker over the second half of the season if the Tigers and White Sox lose energy or trade away talent or both.
From 2013 to 2016 Bearden was notified of about 70 test results that indicated Pharmakon drugs were either stronger, or weaker, than labeled, the indictment says.
But that did not stop Trump from weighing in on Twitter, calling Ossoff weak on national security and urging voters to support Handel.
But the consequences of a weak boundary could be harmful for all involved.
The idea is that anyone who doesn’t support white supremacy must be a weak man and is serving up the purity of the white woman to other races.
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Origin and Etymology of weak
Middle English weike, from Old Norse veikr; akin to Old English wīcan to yield, Greek eikein to give way, Sanskrit vijate he speeds, flees
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of weak
WEAK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of weak for English Language Learners
: having little physical power or ability : not strong
: having little power or force
: likely to break or stop working properly : not able to handle weight, pressure, or strain
WEAK Defined for Kids
Definition of weak for Students
1 : lacking strength of body, mind, or spirit a weak smile a weak patient
2 : not able to stand much strain or force a weak rope
3 : easily overcome a weak argument
4 : not able to function well a weak heart
5 : not rich in some usual or important element weak tea
6 : lacking experience or skill He's a good reader, but is weak in math.
7 : not loud or forceful a weak voice
8 : relating to or being the lightest of three levels of stress in pronunciation
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