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intenerate

[in-ten-uh-reyt]
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verb (used with object), in·ten·er·at·ed, in·ten·er·at·ing.
  1. to make soft or tender; soften.
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Origin of intenerate

1585–95; in-2 + Latin tener tender1 + -ate1
Related formsin·ten·er·a·tion, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Thus she contrives to intenerate the granite and felspar, takes the boar out and puts the lamb in and keeps her balance true.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Thus she contrives to intenerate the granite and felspar, takes the boar out and puts the lamb in, and keeps her balance true.

    Essays

    Ralph Waldo Emerson


British Dictionary definitions for intenerate

intenerate

verb
  1. (tr) rare to soften or make tender
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Derived Formsinteneration, noun

Word Origin

C16: from in- ² + Latin tener delicate, tender 1
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