weak [ wik ] adjective ***
▸ 1 lacking energy
▸ 2 lacking power
▸ 3 easily persuaded
▸ 4 bad in quality
▸ 5 likely to break/fail
▸ 6 with a lot of water
▸ 7 lacking strength
▸ 8 in linguistics
1. ) part of your body that is weak is not as strong or healthy as it should be:
Weak stomach muscles can lead to back problems.
He has always had a weak heart.
a ) a person who is weak does not have much physical strength or energy:
The illness had left him too weak to speak.
b ) weak in the knees affected by a strong emotion and unable to do anything
2. ) lacking power or influence:
His position in the company is very weak.
We are in a weak bargaining position.
a ) a weak leader or government does not have enough political power or ability to rule successfully
3. ) a weak person is one who does not have much determination and can be easily persuaded to do something they do not want to do:
I was feeling weak and agreed to go.
He had a weak character, but not an evil one.
4. ) bad in quality:
They can always improve by working on their weak points.
weak on: The report was criticized for being weak on detail.
a ) a weak player, performer, etc. is one who is not good at playing, performing, etc.:
If you are a weak speller, someone should check the letter.
5. ) a weak building, bridge, or other structure is one that is likely to break under a lot of pressure:
The floorboards are weak in some places.
a weak gravitational field
a ) a weak argument or idea is one that you can easily criticize or prove to be wrong:
The case is weak because it is based on the very little real evidence.
He gave a very weak excuse for not being on time.
on weak ground: They were on weak ground, with no precedents for their action.
weak point/spot: They exploited the weak points in their opponents' defenses.
b ) a weak feeling or attitude is one that you are not certain about, and might easily lose:
His faith in his family had become weak over the years.
c ) a weak economy or CURRENCY (=money of a country) is one that does not have as much value as a strong one:
weak against: The pound grew weaker against the dollar.
6. ) a weak liquid contains a lot of water and not much of a substance that gives it taste or strength:
She makes the tea too weak.
a weak solution of hydrochloric acid
7. ) a weak light, heat, etc. is one that you cannot easily see, hear, or feel:
He had only a weak light to work by.
a ) a weak action or movement is one that you do not easily notice:
She gave me a weak smile and a little wave.
b ) a weak part of a person's face is one that is small and suggests a poor character:
weak features
a weak chin
8. ) LINGUISTICS a weak word, or a weak part of a word, is not emphasized when you say the word
a ) a weak verb forms the past tenses in a regular way. Weak verbs in English do this by adding -ed, -d, or -t to the infinitive.
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