1817 (Coleridge) "endow with power," from Latin potentia "power, might, force" (see potential) + -ate (2) on model of German potenzieren. Related: Potentiated; potentiating; potentiation.
potentiate po·ten·ti·ate (pə-těn'shē-āt')v. po·ten·ti·at·ed, po·ten·ti·at·ing, po·ten·ti·ates
To make potent or powerful.
To enhance or increase the effect of a drug.
To promote or strengthen a biochemical or physiological action or effect.