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[en-fee-buh l] /ɛnˈfi bəl/
verb (used with object), enfeebled, enfeebling.
to make feeble; weaken:
That bout of pneumonia enfeebled him.
Origin of enfeeble
1300-50; Middle English enfeblen < Old French enfeblir. See en-1, feeble
Related forms
enfeeblement, noun
enfeebler, noun
unenfeebled, adjective
enervate, debilitate. Unabridged
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  • It had nothing to do with the child's lungs, which had been enfeebled by his former illness.

    Sir Tom Mrs. Oliphant
  • A diseased body causes a disordered mind and an enfeebled will.

    Practical Ethics William DeWitt Hyde
  • But now my enfeebled health is gradually being renovated, and they tell me that when I leave this, I shall be “quite another man.”

    Happy-Thought Hall F. C. Burnand
  • enfeebled and nearly famishing, we headed toward it and rowed for life.

    Tales of the Malayan Coast Rounsevelle Wildman
  • In the miserable, sobbing, enfeebled man whose leg had just been amputated, he recognized Anatole Kuragin.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • Their condition was so enfeebled that they could have lived only a little longer.

British Dictionary definitions for enfeebled


(transitive) to make weak; deprive of strength
Derived Forms
enfeeblement, noun
enfeebler, noun
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Word Origin and History for enfeebled



mid-14c., from Old French enfeblir "become weak," from en- (see en- (1)) + feble (see feeble). Related: Enfeebled; enfeebling.

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