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intenerate

[ in-ten-uh-reyt ]
/ 瑟n藞t蓻n 蓹藢re瑟t /
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verb (used with object), in路ten路er路at路ed, in路ten路er路at路ing.
to make soft or tender; soften.
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Origin of intenerate

1585鈥95; in-2 + Latin tenertender1 + -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM intenerate

in路ten路er路a路tion, noun
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How to use intenerate in a sentence

  • Thus she contrives to intenerate the granite and felspar, takes the boar out and puts the lamb in and keeps her balance true.

    Essays, First Series|Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The verb intenerate tried to turn out soften; and deturpate to take the place of defile.

  • Thus she contrives to intenerate the granite and felspar, takes the boar out and puts the lamb in, and keeps her balance true.

    Essays|Ralph Waldo Emerson

British Dictionary definitions for intenerate

intenerate
/ (瑟n藞t蓻n蓹藢re瑟t) /

verb
(tr) rare to soften or make tender

Derived forms of intenerate

inteneration, noun

Word Origin for intenerate

C16: from in- 虏 + Latin tener delicate, tender 1
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