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adjective weak pronunciation in British English /wiːk/
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  1. 1
    a person who is weak does not have much physical strength or energy
    The illness had left him too weak to speak.
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    1. a.
      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.
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  2. 2
    lacking power or influence
    Workplace bullies pick on weak and vulnerable colleagues.
    We are in a weak bargaining position.
  3. 3
    a weak person is one who does not have much determination and can be easily persuaded to do something that 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. 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.
    1. 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. 6
    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 very little real evidence.
    The Scottish Secretary gave a very weak answer.
    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’ defences.
    1. a.
      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.
  6. 7
    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. 8
    a weak light, heat, or sound is one that you cannot easily see, hear, or feel
    He had only a weak light to work by.
    1. a.
      a weak action or movement is one that you do not easily notice
      She gave me a weak smile and a little wave.


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