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[verb en-er-veyt; adjective ih-nur-vit]
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verb (used with object), en·er·vat·ed, en·er·vat·ing.
  1. to deprive of force or strength; destroy the vigor of; weaken.
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  1. enervated.
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Origin of enervate

1595–1605; < Latin ēnervātus weakened (past participle of ēnervāre) equivalent to ē- e-1 + nerv(us) sinew (see nerve) + -ātus -ate1; compare Anglo-French enervir, French énerver
Related formsen·er·va·tion, nounen·er·va·tive, adjectiveen·er·va·tor, nounnon·en·er·vat·ing, adjective
Can be confusedenergize enervate innervate invigorate
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  1. tending to deprive of strength or vitality; physically or mentally weakening; debilitating
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verb (ˈɛnəˌveɪt)
  1. (tr) to deprive of strength or vitality; weaken physically or mentally; debilitate
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adjective (ɪˈnɜːvɪt)
  1. deprived of strength or vitality; weakened
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Derived Formsenervation, nounenervative, adjectiveenervator, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin ēnervāre to remove the nerves from, from nervus nerve, sinew
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Word Origin and History for enervating



c.1600, from Latin enervatus, past participle of enervare "to weaken" (see enervation). Related: Ennervated; ennervating.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

enervating in Medicine


  1. To remove a nerve or nerve part.
  2. To cause weakness or a reduction of strength.
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Related formsen′er•vation n.
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