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en·er·vate

 (ĕn′ər-vāt′)
tr.v. en·er·vat·ed, en·er·vat·ing, en·er·vates
1. To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of: "the luxury which enervates and destroys nations" (Henry David Thoreau).
2. Medicine To remove a nerve or part of a nerve.
adj. (ĭ-nûr′vĭt)
Deprived of strength; debilitated.

[Latin ēnervāre, ēnervāt- : ē-, ex-, ex- + nervus, sinew; see (s)neəu- in Indo-European roots.]

en′er·va′tion n.
en′er·va′tive adj.
en′er·va′tor n.
Usage Note: Sometimes people mistakenly use enervate to mean "to invigorate" or "to excite" by assuming that this word is a close cousin of the verb energize. In fact enervate does not come from the same source as energize (Greek energos, "active"). It comes from Latin nervus, "sinew." Thus enervate means "to cause to become 'out of muscle' ," that is, "to weaken or deplete of strength."

enervate

vb
(tr) to deprive of strength or vitality; weaken physically or mentally; debilitate
adj
deprived of strength or vitality; weakened
[C17: from Latin ēnervāre to remove the nerves from, from nervus nerve, sinew]
ˌenerˈvation n
ˈenerˌvative adj
ˈenerˌvator n

en•er•vate

(v. ˈɛn ərˌveɪt; adj. ɪˈnɜr vɪt)

v. -vat•ed, -vat•ing,
adj. v.t.
1. to deprive of force or strength; destroy the vigor of; weaken.
adj.
2. lacking strength or vitality; enervated.
[1595–1605; < Latin ēnervātus, past participle of ēnervāre=ē- e- + -nervāre, derivative of nervus sinew (see nerve)]
en`er•va′tion, n.
en′er•va`tive, adj.
en′er•va`tor, n.
innervate, enervate - Innervate means "to stimulate or give nervous energy," the opposite of enervate.
See also related terms for stimulate.

enervate


Past participle: enervated
Gerund: enervating

Imperative
enervate
enervate
Present
I enervate
you enervate
he/she/it enervates
we enervate
you enervate
they enervate
Preterite
I enervated
you enervated
he/she/it enervated
we enervated
you enervated
they enervated
Present Continuous
I am enervating
you are enervating
he/she/it is enervating
we are enervating
you are enervating
they are enervating
Present Perfect
I have enervated
you have enervated
he/she/it has enervated
we have enervated
you have enervated
they have enervated
Past Continuous
I was enervating
you were enervating
he/she/it was enervating
we were enervating
you were enervating
they were enervating
Past Perfect
I had enervated
you had enervated
he/she/it had enervated
we had enervated
you had enervated
they had enervated
Future
I will enervate
you will enervate
he/she/it will enervate
we will enervate
you will enervate
they will enervate
Future Perfect
I will have enervated
you will have enervated
he/she/it will have enervated
we will have enervated
you will have enervated
they will have enervated
Future Continuous
I will be enervating
you will be enervating
he/she/it will be enervating
we will be enervating
you will be enervating
they will be enervating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been enervating
you have been enervating
he/she/it has been enervating
we have been enervating
you have been enervating
they have been enervating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been enervating
you will have been enervating
he/she/it will have been enervating
we will have been enervating
you will have been enervating
they will have been enervating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been enervating
you had been enervating
he/she/it had been enervating
we had been enervating
you had been enervating
they had been enervating
Conditional
I would enervate
you would enervate
he/she/it would enervate
we would enervate
you would enervate
they would enervate
Past Conditional
I would have enervated
you would have enervated
he/she/it would have enervated
we would have enervated
you would have enervated
they would have enervated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.enervate - weaken mentally or morally
weaken - lessen the strength of; "The fever weakened his body"
2.enervate - disturb the composure ofenervate - disturb the composure of    
unman - cause to lose one's nerve; "an unmanning experience"
discomfit, discompose, untune, upset, disconcert - cause to lose one's composure

enervate

verb
To lessen or deplete the nerve, energy, or strength of:
Translations

enervate

[ˈenɜːveɪt] VTenervar, debilitar

enervate

vt (physically) → entkräften, schwächen; (mentally) → entnerven, enervieren (geh)

enervate

[ˈɛnəˌveɪt] vtsnervare

enervate

vt. extirpar un nervio;
debilitar, enervar.
References in classic literature ?
or would the sight of it bring recollections calculated to enervate and distress?
An artful cabal in that council would be able to distract and to enervate the whole system of administration.
For great empires, while they stand, do enervate and destroy the forces of the natives which they have subdued, resting upon their own protecting forces; and then when they fail also, all goes to ruin, and they become a prey.
A perilous solitude, for it lasted long enough to enervate, not long enough to fortify me.
Tulliver was determined not to encourage such shuffling people any longer; and a ride along the Basset lanes was not likely to enervate a man's resolution by softening his temper.
What is the nature of the luxury which enervates and destroys nations?