[ 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.


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 for enervate

Other words from enervate

  • en·er·va·tion, noun
  • en·er·va·tive, adjective
  • en·er·va·tor, noun
  • non·en·er·vat·ing, adjective

Words that may be confused with enervate

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How to use enervate in a sentence

  • I am feverish, horribly feverish, or rather I am in a state of feverish enervation, which makes my mind suffer as much as my body.

  • Of the voluptuous enervation that comes of such an hour he neither knew nor asked to know.

    Tony Butler | Charles James Lever
  • This increased use of oxygen means healthy stimulation, growth of lung capacity, and exaltation of spirit without enervation.

  • Even illness, with its resulting weakness and enervation, forced nothing from her.

    Germinie Lacerteux | Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
  • The feminine trick was pardoned to her because her unaccustomed betrayal of that form of enervation was desired.

British Dictionary definitions for enervate


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

  1. deprived of strength or vitality; weakened

Origin of enervate

C17: from Latin ēnervāre to remove the nerves from, from nervus nerve, sinew

Derived forms of enervate

  • enervation, noun
  • enervative, adjective
  • enervator, noun

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