impair

1
[ im-pair ]
/ ɪmˈpɛər /

verb (used with object)

to make or cause to become worse; diminish in ability, value, excellence, etc.; weaken or damage: to impair one's health; to impair negotiations.

verb (used without object)

to grow or become worse; lessen.

noun

Archaic. impairment.

Nearby words

  1. impacter,
  2. impactful,
  3. impaction,
  4. impactite,
  5. impactive,
  6. impaired,
  7. impairment,
  8. impala,
  9. impale,
  10. impalement

Origin of impair

1
1250–1300; Middle English empairen, empeiren to make worse < Middle French empeirer, equivalent to em- im-1 + peirer to make worse < Late Latin pējōrāre, equivalent to Latin pējōr-, stem of pējor worse + -ā- thematic vowel + -re infinitive suffix; cf. pejorative

Related forms

impair

2
[ an-per ]
/ ɛ̃ˈpɛr /

adjective French.

noting any odd number, especially in roulette.
Compare pair.

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British Dictionary definitions for impair

impair

/ (ɪmˈpɛə) /

verb

(tr) to reduce or weaken in strength, quality, etchis hearing was impaired by an accident
Derived Formsimpairable, adjectiveimpairer, nounimpairment, noun

Word Origin for impair

C14: from Old French empeirer to make worse, from Late Latin pējorāre, from Latin pejor worse; see pejorative

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