Weak is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of weak, followed by 43 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality
EXAMPLES - Weak in a Sentence
- Constantly using the adjective "weak" is meaningless. (source)
- His ears stick out and he's got what they call a weak chin. (source)
- *The teacher may use the terms weak or regular as he may desire. (source)
- The test you find weak is based on a false finding by the legislature. (source)
- The Archduke was sullen enough at what he called the weak-mindedness of (source)
- For the sore itself, apply weak vinegar or _very weak_ ACETIC ACID (_see_), and (source)
- Facebook is a way of nourishing and maintaining what I call the weak links in my life. (source)
- They remember that concern for the weak is at the heart of Biblical religious tradition. (source)
- If there is any fresh sell signal, it will be confirmation of the medium term weak trend. (source)
- These are soft or what we call weak Democrats who don't like to see the partisan bickering. (source)
- "She suits me -- suits me to a T;" such was his admission in what he called his weak moments. (source)
- His hand trembled as he hung up the receiver, and he was weak from the organ which had stirred him. (source)
- And the blogger you call "weak" is a surgeon and neuroscientist who cites other physicians and scientists. (source)
- Regarding the reception of the infirm, he might have exclaimed with St. Paul: _Who is weak and I am not weak_? (source)
- The people we called weak-willed or self-indulgent always deceive themselves as to the consequences of their acts. (source)
- Had that desperado been living, for whom since his death you have acknowledged what you call your weak prepossession, (source)
- News reports always leave the reader to assume that these men must have been "weak" - when, in fact, just the opposite was true. (source)
- This figure is higher than what companies originally expected, because the first two quarters are usually known as the weak season. (source)
- She suddenly realized that if she had not been sitting down, she would have learned the true meaning of the phrase weak in the knees. (source)
- Newspaper editor Fahim Dashty however doubted Karzai's government, which he described as weak and corrupt, would be able to implement the plan. (source)
- II. iv.204 (388,1) I pray you, father, being weak, seem so] [W: deem't so] The meaning is, since _you are weak_, be content to think yourself weak. (source)
- Navistar International Corp. projected fiscal 2009 earnings below analysts 'expectations amid what it called a weak North American business climate. (source)
- Short term weak demand fundamentals have kept the spot price from rallying further with storage running at seasonal high levels helped by milder weather. (source)
- Of the remainder, 37.5 percent moved in the Democratic direction (either identifying as weak or strong Democrats or as leaning toward the Democrats) while (source)
- The Chicago metro area has two main weak spots, Stuart says: It is a large manufacturing region, and many of those businesses are tied to the auto industry. (source)
- You may, however, fall out, at last, over something of equal consequence to both sides; and then those you term weak are very capable of being as obstinate as you. ' (source)
- Kennedy's attorneys, John Dicke and Kathleen Carlson, said testimony by FBI bullet expert Ernest Roger Peele added an air of credibility to what they called a weak case. (source)
- Mr Issa's committee will also examine corruption in Afghanistan and what he described as the weak government response to the disclosures in the US diplomatic cables released by the (source)
- Danish officials said Thursday they decided to cut off development aid to Malawi because of what they described as a weak administration and growing corruption in the southern African country. (source)
- Mussolini and the Italians worked with the Germans in WWII, and when Italy was weak from the American's attack on the south, Germany sent in some of their own troops to help counter the offensive. (source)
- I was afraid to say it in there -- I am so weak for you, Prue -- I ache so for you in all this trouble -- why, if I could feel your hands in my hair, I'd laugh at it all -- I'm so _weak_ for you, dearest. " (source)
- In fact, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse all ranked in the top 10 percent of metro areas with the highest home price appreciation in 2009, "despite upstate's long-term weak economic growth and population loss." (source)
- At the same time, he acknowledges several potential problems - including the fact that China is a developing country with a large population and what he calls a "weak economic foundation and uneven development". (source)
- While we anticipated continued near term weak performance, longer term we're optimistic about our energy controls strategic initiative that we expect to serve in the strong component of our overall company growth. (source)
- Erostrates, however, have dared to face the country solitudes and study the unceasing conspiracy of those whom we term weak against those others who fancy themselves strong, -- that of the peasant against the proprietor. (source)
- That is not a sensible priority in weak economic times, particularly if it is going to deplete the contents of urban renewal and tax coffers better spent to help developing neighborhoods, small businesses, and the low income. (source)
- But Obama also seems very concerned about how a genuine withdrawal might allow Republicans and the Washington Establishment to portray him as "weak" - a term that is defined by that Establishment as anything short of unbridled militarism. (source)
- Both the Natural Resources Defense Council and the American Lung Association said the decision means more litigation from environmental groups that had been challenging what they called a weak ozone rule from the George W. Bush administration. (source)
- WILLIS: Well, the report says that higher costs will be a result of new taxes on insurers, like the excise tax on expensive Cadillac plans, and what they call -- what they call a weak requirement that Americans obtain health-insurance coverage. (source)
- It is that danger which Paul is thinking of when he tells the elders that by 'labouring' they 'ought to support the weak'; for by _weak_ he means not the poor, but those imperfect disciples who might be repelled or made to stumble by the sight of greed in an elder. (source)
- Throw in domestic politics where a Democratic president invariably feels safer kicking the can down the road via escalation than being called "weak" -- though Obama is already being blasted by the right for "dithering" -- and you have about as toxic a brew as can be imagined. (source)
- I suggest that that theory developed in three stages, which I label the weak, the strong, and the super-strong versions, and confronted one alternative that superficially resembled the theory of the unitary executive but that actually served quite different political, intellectual, and legal purposes. (source)
- "Care generates sympathy, which causes the minister of Christ personally to enter into the feelings of all his people, as if he stood in their position, so as to accommodate himself to all" [Calvin]. offended -- by some stumbling-block put in his way by others: the "weak" is most liable to be "offended." (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 43 example sentences provided below is 57.0, which suggests that "weak" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 50 synonyms for weak.
anemic, debilitated, decrepit, delicate, effete, enervated, exhausted, faint, feeble, flaccid, flimsy, forceless, fragile, frail, hesitant, impuissant, infirm, insubstantial, irresolute, lackadaisical, languid, languorous, limp, makeshift, out of gas, powerless, prostrate, puny, rickety, rocky, rotten, senile, shaky, sickly, sluggish, spent, spindly, supine, tender, torpid, uncertain, undependable, unsound, unsteady, unsubstantial, wasted, wavering, weakened, weakly, wobbly
We have 30 antonyms for weak.
able, active, bold, brave, capable, certain, concentrated, confident, definite, firm, fit, guarded, healthy, hearty, loud, noisy, potent, powerful, protected, safe, secure, stable, steady, strong, sufficient, sure, thick, unbreakable, unshaky, unwavering
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of weak from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Lacking physical strength, energy, or vigor; feeble.
- (adjective) Likely to fail under pressure, stress, or strain; lacking resistance: a weak link in a chain.
- (adjective) Lacking firmness of character or strength of will.
- (adjective) Lacking the proper strength or amount of ingredients: weak coffee.
- (adjective) Lacking the ability to function normally or fully: a weak heart.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Lacking in force (usually strength) or ability.
- (adjective) Dilute, lacking in taste or potency.
- (adjective) Displaying a particular kind of inflection, including:
- (adjective) One of the four fundamental forces associated with nuclear decay.
- (adjective) Bad or uncool.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Wanting physical strength.
- (adjective) Deficient in strength of body; feeble; infirm; sickly; debilitated; enfeebled; exhausted.
- (adjective) Not able to sustain a great weight, pressure, or strain.
- (adjective) Not firmly united or adhesive; easily broken or separated into pieces; not compact.
- (adjective) Not stiff; pliant; frail; soft.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Bending under pressure, weight, or force; pliant, or pliable; yielding; lacking stiffness or firmness: as, the weak stem of a plant.
- (None) Lacking strength; not strong.
- (None) Deficient in bodily strength, vigor, or robustness; feeble, either constitutionally or from age, disease, etc.; infirm; of the organs of the body, deficient in functional energy, activity, or the like: as, a weak stomach; weak eyes.
- (None) Lacking moral strength or firmness; liable to waver or succumb when urged or tempted; deficient in steady principle or in force of character.
- (None) Lacking mental power, ability, or balance; simple; silly; foolish.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality
- (adjective) wanting in moral strength, courage, or will; having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings
- (adjective) (used of vowels or syllables) pronounced with little or no stress
- (adjective) (used of verbs) having standard (or regular) inflection
- (adjective) wanting in physical strength