- to make abnormally lean or thin by a gradual wasting away of flesh.
Origin of emaciate
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Examples from the Web for emaciate
Even the Indian could perceive, from his feeble voice and emaciate steps, that he was not far from the grave.
After a month of toil and suffering, ragged and emaciate he at midnight reached the settlement.
Very hospitably they received the worn, emaciate, and ragged wanderers.
The emaciate mother was unable to afford sustenance to her infant.Louis XIV., Makers of History Series
John S. C. Abbott
Honor now bathed his face, and wet his lips with water, and as she sprinkled and rubbed back the gray hair from his emaciate!Fardorougha, The Miser
- (usually tr) to become or cause to become abnormally thin
C17: from Latin ēmaciāre to make lean, from macer thin
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Word Origin and History for emaciate
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