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enervate

[ verb en-er-veyt; adjective ih-nur-vit ]
/ verb 藞蓻n 蓹r藢ve瑟t; adjective 瑟藞n蓽r v瑟t /
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verb (used with object), en路er路vat路ed, en路er路vat路ing.
to deprive of force or strength; destroy the vigor of; weaken.
adjective
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Origin of enervate

First recorded in 1595鈥1605; from Latin 膿nerv膩tus 鈥渨eakened鈥 (past participle of 膿nerv膩re ), equivalent to 膿- 鈥渇rom, out of鈥 + nerv(us) 鈥渟inew鈥 + -膩tus adjective suffix; see origin at e-1, nerve, -ate1; compare Anglo-French enervir, French 茅nerver

OTHER WORDS FROM enervate

en路er路va路tion, nounen路er路va路tive, adjectiveen路er路va路tor, nounnon路en路er路vat路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 (藞蓻n蓹藢ve瑟t)
(tr) to deprive of strength or vitality; weaken physically or mentally; debilitate
adjective (瑟藞n蓽藧v瑟t)
deprived of strength or vitality; weakened

Derived forms of enervate

enervation, nounenervative, adjectiveenervator, noun

Word Origin for enervate

C17: from Latin 膿nerv膩re to remove the nerves from, from nervus nerve, sinew
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Medical definitions for enervate

enervate
[ 臅n蓹r-v膩t鈥 ]

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

Other words from enervate

en鈥瞖r鈥ation n.
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