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innervate

[ ih-nur-veyt, in-er-veyt ]
/ 瑟藞n蓽r ve瑟t, 藞瑟n 蓹r藢ve瑟t /
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verb (used with object), in路ner路vat路ed, in路ner路vat路ing.
to communicate nervous energy to; stimulate through nerves.
to furnish with nerves; grow nerves into.
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Origin of innervate

First recorded in 1865鈥70; in-2 + nerve + -ate1

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH innervate

enervate, innervate
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British Dictionary definitions for innervate

innervate
/ (藞瑟n蓽藧藢ve瑟t) /

verb (tr)
to supply nerves to (a bodily organ or part)
to stimulate (a bodily organ or part) with nerve impulses

Derived forms of innervate

innervation, noun
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