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enervate

[ verb en-er-veyt; adjective ih-nur-vit ]
/ verb ˈɛn ərˌveɪt; adjective ɪˈnɜr vɪt /
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verb (used with object), en·er·vat·ed, en·er·vat·ing.

to deprive of force or strength; destroy the vigor of; weaken.

adjective

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Origin of enervate

First recorded in 1595–1605; from Latin ēnervātus “weakened” (past participle of ēnervāre ), equivalent to ē- “from, out of” + nerv(us) “sinew” + -ātus adjective suffix; see origin at e-1, nerve, -ate1; compare Anglo-French enervir, French énerver

OTHER WORDS FROM enervate

en·er·va·tion, nounen·er·va·tive, adjectiveen·er·va·tor, nounnon·en·er·vat·ing, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH enervate

1. enervate , innervate2. energize, enervate
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British Dictionary definitions for enervate

enervate

verb (ˈɛnəˌveɪt)

(tr) to deprive of strength or vitality; weaken physically or mentally; debilitate

adjective (ɪˈnɜːvɪt)

deprived of strength or vitality; weakened

Derived forms of enervate

enervation, nounenervative, adjectiveenervator, noun

Word Origin for enervate

C17: from Latin ēnervāre to remove the nerves from, from nervus nerve, sinew
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Medical definitions for enervate

enervate
[ ĕnər-vāt′ ]

v.

To remove a nerve or nerve part.
To cause weakness or a reduction of strength.

Other words from enervate

en′er•vation n.
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