weak

weak
weak
W2S3 [wi:k] adj
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1¦(physical)¦
2¦(likely to break)¦
3¦(character)¦
4¦(without power)¦
5¦(without interest)¦
6¦(without energy)¦
7¦(not good at doing something)¦
8¦(money)¦
9¦(argument/idea)¦
10¦(drink)¦
11¦(light/sound)¦
12 weak points/spots
13 weak at the knees
14 weak moment
15 the weak/weakest link
16 weak verb
17 weak consonant/syllable
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[Date: 1200-1300; : Old Norse; Origin: veikr]
1.) ¦(PHYSICAL)¦
not physically strong
The illness left her feeling weak .
Poor light produces weak plants.
be too weak to do sth
She's too weak to feed herself.
weak with/from
Nina was weak with hunger .
The animal was weak from loss of blood.
weak heart/lungs etc
My grandfather had a weak heart.
2.) ¦(LIKELY TO BREAK)¦
unable to support much weight
a weak bridge
too weak to do sth
The branch was too weak to support his weight.
3.) ¦(CHARACTER)¦
easily influenced by other people - used to show disapproval
a weak indecisive man
4.) ¦(WITHOUT POWER)¦
not having much power or influence
weak leader/ruler/king etc
a weak and ineffective president
The party was left weak and divided.
The country is in a weak position economically.
5.) ¦(WITHOUT INTEREST)¦
without the power to interest or amuse people
The play is well acted but the plot is weak.
a weak joke
6.) ¦(WITHOUT ENERGY)¦
done without energy or confidence
He managed a weak smile .
7.) ¦(NOT GOOD AT DOING SOMETHING)¦
not good at a particular skill or subject, or in a particular area of activity or knowledge
weak in
New Zealand was weak in defense.
weak on
She speaks quite fluently but she's weak on grammar.
Be honest about your weak points (=your faults or the things you do not do well) .
8.) ¦(MONEY)¦
not financially successful
weak currency/economy etc
The pound was weak against the dollar.
9.) ¦(ARGUMENT/IDEA)¦
not likely to make people believe that something is true or right
She's washing her hair? That sounds like a weak excuse !
There are some weak points in her argument.
The defence lawyer clearly knew that his case was weak.
10.)¦(DRINK)¦
weak tea, beer etc contains a lot of water and has little taste
≠ ↑strong
11.) ¦(LIGHT/SOUND)¦
difficult to see or hear
= ↑faint
a weak radio signal
He had only a weak light to see by.
12.) weak points/spots
the parts of something that can easily be attacked or criticized
Check your house for weak spots where a thief could enter.
13.) weak at the knees
feeling strange because of strong emotions
His smile made her go weak at the knees .
14.) weak moment
a time when you can be persuaded more easily than usual
Dave caught me at a weak moment and I lent him £10.
15.) the weak/weakest link
the person or thing in a situation that is less strong, skilful etc than the others
Goalkeeper Gouter proved to be the weakest link.
16.) weak verb
technical a verb that forms regular past tenses
strong verb
17.) weak consonant/syllable
one that is not emphasized
>weakly adv
"I'm sorry," she said, smiling weakly.
He sank down weakly beside her.
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WORD FOCUS: weak
person: puny, feeble, weedy (BrE), frail, fragile, powerless, vulnerable
thing: fragile, delicate, flimsy, rickety, badly made, jerry-built
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