[ puh-ten-shee-eyt ]
/ pəˈtɛn ʃiˌeɪt /

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.

Origin of potentiate

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


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British Dictionary definitions for potentiate

/ (pəˈtɛnʃɪˌeɪt) /

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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Medical definitions for potentiate

[ pə-tĕnshē-āt′ ]


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.

Other words from potentiate

po•ten′ti•ation n.
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