enervate

[ verb en-er-veyt; adjective ih-nur-vit ]
/ verb ˈɛn ərˌveɪt; adjective ɪˈnɜr vɪt /

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

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

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

energize enervate innervate invigorate
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British Dictionary definitions for enervating (1 of 2)

enervating
/ (ˈɛnəˌveɪtɪŋ) /

adjective

tending to deprive of strength or vitality; physically or mentally weakening; debilitating

British Dictionary definitions for enervating (2 of 2)

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 enervating

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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