[ 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.
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Origin of impair1
synonym study for impair
1. See injure.
OTHER WORDS FROM impair
im·pair·a·ble, adjectiveim·pair·er, nounim·pair·ment, nounnon·im·pair·ment, noun
pre·im·pair·ment, nounself-im·pair·a·ble, adjectiveself-im·pair·ing, adjectiveun·im·pair·a·ble, adjective
Definition for impair (2 of 2)
[ an-per ]
/ ɛ̃ˈpɛr /
noting any odd number, especially in roulette.
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British Dictionary definitions for impair
/ (ɪmˈpɛə) /
(tr) to reduce or weaken in strength, quality, etchis hearing was impaired by an accident
Derived forms of impairimpairable, 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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