Translation of weak in Spanish:


débil, adj.

Pronunciation /wik/ /wiːk/

adjective weaker, weakest

  • 1

    • 1.1

      (person/muscles/wrists) débil
      (structure) poco sólido
      (structure) endeble
      (economy/currency) débil
      (handshake) flojo
      in a weak voice con voz débil
      • I was too weak to lift it no me daban las fuerzas para levantarlo
      • to have a weak heart/chest sufrir del corazón/pecho
      • he has a weak constitution es de complexión débil
      • he was weak with hunger se sentía débil del hambre que tenía
      • I was weak from laughing so much quedé agotado de tanto reírme
      • to grow weak debilitarse
      • he has a very weak chin tiene el mentón muy poco pronunciado
      • He has been left with slurred speech, and the left side of his body is weak after his brain was damaged.
      • The arms may feel weak, the patient no longer being able to lift heavy objects.
      • You may have a weak immune system.
      • Your legs feel so weak that you think they won't be able to support you.
      • We rely on our muscles to walk, lift objects and climb stairs. However, in space muscles become weaker when there is no gravity to overcome.
      • Smokers have a weak sense of smell, because cigarettes destroy the inner lining of the nose.
      • The elderly lady was left with pains to her ribs and back, as well as high blood pressure and a weak heart.
      • In many ways, the force of gravity is extremely weak.
      • In fact, scientists could and did show that gravity was too weak a force to account for the movement of continents.
      • But even after nearly 90 years the theory remains notoriously hard to test because gravity is such a weak force.
      • Because of its low mass, its gravity is very weak.
      • These interactions are held together principally by weak van der Waals forces.
      • Bones with osteoporosis are weak and break easily.
      • Breeders argue that the tails will be poor, weak, easily damaged things, which will need to be amputated anyway, because they're sure to be injured.
      • This problem makes your bones weak, so they break easily.
      • Just when treatment was beginning take effect, the arrival of a female zebra at the zoo caused him to run around in excitement, causing grave damage to his already weak hoof.
      • The problem with the trees however lies with the fact that as young saplings they are very weak and susceptible to damage by vandals or simply by traffic or passers-by.
      • Trees and shrubs should also be checked and any dead, weak or damaged stems removed, as well as any old material that has fallen to the ground.
      • It was still weak from having been broken the year before and I banged it on the steering wheel and it broke again.
      • The fence was weak and was toppled easily by a small group of protesters with a rope.
      • The ice was melting, and soon it would be weak enough to break.
      • This crude mask gave some protection but its eye-piece proved to be very weak and easy to break - thus making the protective value of the helmet null and void.
      • All willows are fast growing and short-lived, and their wood is notably weak and prone to breaking.
      • Corticosteroids cause osteoporosis or softening of bones, making them weak and more easily fractured.
      • If the lead gets snagged, the weak line breaks and you may get the rig back.
      • Of course, I had no power and I was very weak physically, so I felt very helpless and exposed.
      • When the woman was asked why she drank so much malted milk, she explained that her weak physical state made it difficult for her to cook, so she just drank milk for nutrition.
      • Recently, I began to feel weak with little strength in my legs.
      • The dish is good for those suffering from a cough, fatigue or anyone in a weak physical condition.
      • He was too weak to move very much, expending any energy he had trying to breathe.
      • But by now they were physically weak from four days without food and water.
      • At the age of 49, I simply couldn't accept the doctor's prognosis that for the rest of my life I would be too weak to do physical labor.
      • He endured years of senseless, unfounded, unstopped bullying, knowing he was too physically weak to defeat his enemies, yet he tried.
      • Some women may also see themselves as incompetent and physically weak.
      • Just because they were physically weak didn't make them mentally vulnerable.
      • Unfortunately that took much of his strength leaving him weak and tired, but he refused to rest just yet.
      • The condition left her confused, physically weak and exhausted.
      • These groups are physically weak and spend more time inside than the general population.
      • She was physically weak but these letters reveal a strong-minded, manipulative woman.
      • People who were weak were given hard physical exercises to do to build up their muscles.
      • I felt too weak to move, and too tired to care.
      • He thought of moving inside where it would be cooler, but he felt too weak to move.
      • He loosened his grip, but now my knees were too weak to move.
      • I felt myself grow weak from the sudden loss of blood and I lost my grip on my sword.
      • Her legs were weak from lack of exercise.
      • One of those lessons is how weak Britain's influence has been over the American administration.
      • Or is it that they were raised by a strong father figure and a weak female influence?
      • Education levels, at least higher education levels, have a mixed and somewhat weak influence on rural income growth rates.
      • Yet he continually attempted to coax the board of directors into selecting weak artistic directors in order that he might influence the programming and selection of new singers.
      • In each case the ruling elites were chosen from weak minority groups in order to make their power dependent on the colonial power.
      • The question here is a philosophical one: why is it necessary to have some men be brave enough to fight and honorable enough to fight to protect the weak, in order to have a society exist?
      • To its great shame, the United States has a pathetically weak labor law which makes it easy for employers to harass and punish workers who try to organize unions.
      • British management, being its usual weak pathetic self, tried to please everyone all the time and lost the plot.
      • The deliberate assault on the weak is not the spirit of Socialism but of Fascism.
      • The old order was too weak for either reforms or brute oppression.
      • Sometimes they left the sick and weak behind in order to make it through.
      • The government has been very weak in terms of clarifying the case.
      • Such new leadership would have been weak and easily outmaneuvered by Musharraf, of course.
      • The conviction that the strong are bound to prey on the weak, as dictated by the law of the jungle, is incompatible with the principle of competition.
      • But they agree its new parliament, for the moment, will be too weak to meet expectations.
      • A knight was supposed to protect the weak and defend the Church against heretics of all shades.

    • 1.2(ineffectual)

      (character/leader) débil
      I'm so weak, I can't resist chocolates tengo muy poca fuerza de voluntad, no sé decir que no a un bombón
      • Refs aren't such weak characters that they would allow their impartiality to be compromised on this basis.
      • Chelmsford, a man of weak character and mediocre talents, marched into Zululand only to suffer one of the most humiliating defeats in British military history at Isandlwana.
      • I have a great cast; often Mark is portrayed as a small weak character, whereas I think he has an enormous ego.
      • The only serious problem with the story is that, without spoiling anything, it makes one of the major characters look extremely weak.
      • Their coach comes across as weak, making decisions to cater for the fading hero rather than the good of the team.
      • He claimed that the Prime Minister was too weak to make a decision on his own.
      • He is a bit weak for a main character; rather superficial and bland.
      • Also, a lot of people misread Diane as a weak character; she's not.
      • In the beginning of the story Bilbo is a very weak character.
      • Her character is weak and Steinbeck characterized her as an archetypical child, both capricious and malleable.
      • Therefore she absolutely worshipped her son although she had been greatly disappointed in his weak character.
      • Obese people often are shunned by society and blamed for having weak characters.
      • My father believed that our Tsar was weak and made wrong decisions.
      • It basically makes him look like a weak, indecisive, craven leader.
      • Zeph was definitely not the wimpy, useless, weak coward that he had originally seemed and she found herself almost inexplicably drawn to him.
      • She hated herself for being so weak in front of her parents.
      • I have a morbid fear of being seen as weak, pathetic or girly.
      • Many people in the world, including me, are so weak and fragile that they easily fall into temptation and make mistakes.
      • They are weak beings, easily controlled and manipulated.
      • I suppose I'm weak when it comes to confrontation like that.
      • Most likely he expected me to be weak and unsure in carrying them out.

  • 2

    • 2.1(not competent)

      (student/team/novel/performance) flojo
      (student/team/novel/performance) pobre
      he's very weak in biology está muy flojo en biología
      • This may raise a few eyebrows, but it is not the fault of an individual to be a member of a weak team.
      • The team is so weak at cornerback that forcing the action in the opponent's backfield is the only way it can succeed.
      • Having a weak team represent the league would be like sending a donkey to race against thoroughbreds.
      • I don't believe that Cork and the other teams were weak, but that Fermanagh were never given full credit for what they achieved.
      • And the truth is that there are no longer any weak teams at this level.
      • There are no weak teams left these days, and you need something extra to give you the edge - maybe a coach like Michael can do that.
      • No longer burdened with the captaincy of a weak team, he is letting his bat do the talking as he has a new lease on life.
      • Playing for a weak team did not diminish what Ramsey accomplished.
      • That is, a good player drafted to a weak team is likely to be sold to a strong team where more revenue can be generated.
      • In both 1999 and 2001, Brazil sent a weak team to the competition and was embarrassed.
      • The team is weak along the offensive line, so their return is critical.
      • Although they had recently beaten the home side convincingly in the cup the opposition on that day had fielded a weak team.
      • I know there are no weak teams and all the games will be hard but I genuinely believe we are the best team.
      • So while neither player is an outstanding leader, they get credit for being major factors in leading a weak team into the upper division.
      • As long as Pataudi was captain, he led with authority and distinction, marshalling a weak team against strong oppositions.
      • Their defense was weak, their special teams mediocre, their running game average.
      • This was a team that was weak when we finished last year.
      • But the overall verdict, delivered in the first police performance monitors published as part of a drive to tackle weak forces, is upbeat.
      • They were a weak force, held together by little more than hatred.
      • His team simply cannot appear weak in comparison.
      • A weak and ineffective Police force, to sum up, is a certain threat to the maintenance of law and order in this country, and the criminals know it.
      • Although too weak for NBA standards, he is certainly not a liability on the defensive end.
      • A pessimistic view would be that it is a question for weak students to do badly, average students to avoid, and for good students to prove.
      • You know, when you're in a police force or in a firefighting unit, who the weak guys on your team are.
      • But he's is a defensive liability, and the team already has enough weak defenders.
      • That said, the coach admits that the team does have weak areas that need to be addressed, such as someone who consistently puts the puck in the net.
      • What with David Seaman looking a hugely dominating presence at the back, this is looking like a team without a weak link.
      • It has long been clear that the myth of auditor independence has been a weak link in the financial reporting chain.
      • Gordon Brown's Treasury must explain why eight UK government departments have recently been criticised by auditors for weak financial control.
      • Her English was weak, which was an incentive for me to work on my French.
      • He was definitely weak in language skills in elementary school, as several tests show.
      • Our waitress's command of English was weak, almost non-existent in fact, and our food arrived at strange intervals.
      • The Italian was rejected because of his weak grasp of English.
      • Despite some weak translation in the English subtitles, this is a powerful and elegant film.
      • They have what we can call ‘communicative competence’ even though their grammatical competence in Gaelic is weak.

    • 2.2(not convincing)

      (argument/excuse) poco convincente
      (argument/excuse) pobre
      • Almost as bad is that it's artistically and logically weak.
      • Although it has a superficial sheen, the film is mired in structural errors, weak plot contrivances and flimsy characterisation.
      • For decades, such films were low-grade romances with weak plots interfused with 20-odd musical outbursts.
      • I liked the idea of the movie, with the whole ‘matrix’ thing, but in some parts I found the plot weak and predictable.
      • A slow-moving film with a weak plot, it trudges its way to a disappointing finish and leaves you wondering why you bothered.
      • At the end, I was left wondering why they bothered to make the film, because the plot seemed weak to me.
      • It has been premiered to mixed reviews, including criticism of a weak plot, and this is not really surprising.
      • Its problems run a lot deeper than a weak, unoriginal plot or lame actors, however.
      • To no one's surprise, the plot is predictably weak, but who really cares if it's all just inconsequential fluff when the action's this much fun?
      • While the plot is pretty weak, it doesn't hurt the game too much.
      • The film moves along quickly enough but just as it gets going we are let down by a weak plot finish, the usual clichés, and a big feeling of disappointment.
      • The plot is weak and the film can't decide whether it's a road movie, a quest or a love story.
      • As well as affecting the way we judge other people, moods also influence our susceptibility to weak arguments.
      • A weak story, tepid characters, a confusion of plots and, to top it all, some terrible editing make this one of the worst reads of the month.
      • But it does rest on two weak assumptions steeped in a simplistic view of race.
      • It's a weak supposition - unworthy of the sharp-witted Miss Bennet.
      • If on the other hand, at least a majority of the judges consider the evidence too weak for a conviction, they must acquit.
      • I have tried to be fair, but where it seems to me that an argument is particularly strong or weak my convictions shine through.
      • For example, my years of teaching education policy have convinced me that the research basis for many popular reforms is weak at best.
      • And jurors are never accused of acting like vigilantes when they convict a defendant, no matter how weak the evidence.
      • Only two weak aspects of the book could be identified.

  • 3

    (coffee/tea) poco cargado
    (beer) suave
    (beer) aguado derogatory
    (solution) diluido
    • Rinse off then give a final wipe over with a weak solution of vinegar and water to produce a sparkling surface free of streaks.
    • At this point you may want to water the plant with a weak solution of balanced plant food.
    • So this is my penance, she thinks, grimacing after taking another sip of the weak liquid.
    • As Americans, we are used to drinking pots of weak coffee, diluted with milk and sugar.
    • To remove heavy tarnish, difficult stains and corrosion: wash in hot, soapy water or a weak ammonia and water solution and rinse.
    • Mold can be cleaned off surfaces with a weak bleach solution.
    • However, grocery store vinegar is normally a 5% solution and is too weak to do the job.
    • Once this is done, the resulting weak alcoholic liquid is distilled into tequila.
    • I don't consider myself a caffeine addict, but I do drink diet Coke every evening and probably a weak coffee every day or two on average.
    • All he got was a cup of weak coffee and a stale bourbon.
    • As you know, Ann prefers her coffee very weak, so a single cafetière and a jug of hot water were sufficient for us both.
    • Drink was either weak tea or water drunk from old petrol tins.
    • A few seconds later, Tony came into the room with two plastic cups with brown liquid that tasted mildly of coffee, but was way too weak to be called coffee.
    • I'll have to forgo my coffee and get it from the office, which probably isn't a god idea since I hear that Harris makes weak coffee.
    • He takes a sip from the mug in front of him, which contains weak coffee.
    • She drank the weak coffee she'd bought from the vending machine and watched the clock.
    • For a mile I strolled along the river, the water the colour of weak tea, the short grass firm underfoot.
    • From very strong coffee, to very weak with lots of milk it is enjoyed in many kitchens.
    • However, I suspect one cup of weak coffee each day is likely to have only a marginal effect.
    • Most of the spirits found for the lower classes were weak concoctions of fermented herbs and cheap grains, and tasted much like boiled mud.
  • 4

    (syllable) átono
    (verb/form) regular
    • Stressed syllables retain full vowel quality, whereas unstressed syllables may have weak vowels.
    • In many limericks extra weak syllables may be squeezed in almost anywhere, but we still recognise a familiar underlying metrical pattern.
    • He pioneered a style of French text-setting in which the accentuation of weak syllables made for unusual forcefulness and clarity.
    • The schema would consist of an initial strong syllable followed by an unspecified number (including zero) of weak syllables.
    • Some phrasal verbs prefer a weak form (contrast The car sped up the hill and The car speeded up).
    • Old English verbs were grouped in two major groups: weak verbs and strong verbs.
    • Weak verbs correspond to modern English regular verbs.