enfeeble

[en-fee-buhl]

verb (used with object), en·fee·bled, en·fee·bling.

to make feeble; weaken: That bout of pneumonia enfeebled him.

Nearby words

  1. enewetak,
  2. enface,
  3. enfant perdu,
  4. enfant sauvage,
  5. enfant terrible,
  6. enfeebled,
  7. enfeoff,
  8. enfetter,
  9. enfever,
  10. enfield

Origin of enfeeble

1300–50; Middle English enfeblen < Old French enfeblir. See en-1, feeble

Related formsen·fee·ble·ment, nounen·fee·bler, nounun·en·fee·bled, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for enfeeble

enfeeble

verb

(tr) to make weak; deprive of strength
Derived Formsenfeeblement, nounenfeebler, noun

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Word Origin and History for enfeeble

enfeeble

v.

mid-14c., from Old French enfeblir "become weak," from en- (see en- (1)) + feble (see feeble). Related: Enfeebled; enfeebling.

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