verb (used with object), po·ten·ti·at·ed, po·ten·ti·at·ing.

to cause to be potent; make powerful.
to increase the effectiveness of; intensify.

Nearby words

  1. potential gradient,
  2. potential well,
  3. potential, electric,
  4. potentiality,
  5. potentially,
  6. potentilla,
  7. potentiometer,
  8. potentiometric,
  9. potentiometric surface,
  10. potentiometric titration

Origin of potentiate

1810–20; < Latin potenti(a) power (see potency) + -ate1

Related formspo·ten·ti·a·tion, nounpo·ten·ti·a·tor, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for potentiate


verb (tr)

to cause to be potent
med to increase (the individual action or effectiveness) of two drugs by administering them in combination with each other
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Word Origin and History for potentiate



1817 (Coleridge) "endow with power," from Latin potentia "power, might, force" (see potential) + -ate (2) on model of German potenzieren. Related: Potentiated; potentiating; potentiation.

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Medicine definitions for potentiate




To make potent or powerful.
To enhance or increase the effect of a drug.
To promote or strengthen a biochemical or physiological action or effect.
Related formspo•ten′ti•ation n.

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