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im·pair

 (ĭm-pâr′)
tr.v. im·paired, im·pair·ing, im·pairs
To cause to weaken, be damaged, or diminish, as in quality: an injury that impaired my hearing; a severe storm impairing communications.

[Middle English empairen, from Old French empeirer, from Vulgar Latin *impēiōrāre : Latin in-, causative pref.; see in-2 + Latin pēior, worse; see ped- in Indo-European roots.]

im·pair′ment n.

impair

(ɪmˈpɛə)
vb
(tr) to reduce or weaken in strength, quality, etc: his hearing was impaired by an accident.
[C14: from Old French empeirer to make worse, from Late Latin pējorāre, from Latin pejor worse; see pejorative]
imˈpairable adj
imˈpairer n
imˈpairment n

im•pair

(ɪmˈpɛər)

v.t.
to make or cause to become worse; weaken; damage: habits that impair one's health.
[1250–1300; Middle English empairen to make worse < Middle French empeirer=em- im-1 + peirer to make worse < Late Latin pējōrāre, v. derivative of Latin pējor worse]
im•pair′er, n.
im•pair′ment, n.

impair


Past participle: impaired
Gerund: impairing

Imperative
impair
impair
Present
I impair
you impair
he/she/it impairs
we impair
you impair
they impair
Preterite
I impaired
you impaired
he/she/it impaired
we impaired
you impaired
they impaired
Present Continuous
I am impairing
you are impairing
he/she/it is impairing
we are impairing
you are impairing
they are impairing
Present Perfect
I have impaired
you have impaired
he/she/it has impaired
we have impaired
you have impaired
they have impaired
Past Continuous
I was impairing
you were impairing
he/she/it was impairing
we were impairing
you were impairing
they were impairing
Past Perfect
I had impaired
you had impaired
he/she/it had impaired
we had impaired
you had impaired
they had impaired
Future
I will impair
you will impair
he/she/it will impair
we will impair
you will impair
they will impair
Future Perfect
I will have impaired
you will have impaired
he/she/it will have impaired
we will have impaired
you will have impaired
they will have impaired
Future Continuous
I will be impairing
you will be impairing
he/she/it will be impairing
we will be impairing
you will be impairing
they will be impairing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been impairing
you have been impairing
he/she/it has been impairing
we have been impairing
you have been impairing
they have been impairing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been impairing
you will have been impairing
he/she/it will have been impairing
we will have been impairing
you will have been impairing
they will have been impairing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been impairing
you had been impairing
he/she/it had been impairing
we had been impairing
you had been impairing
they had been impairing
Conditional
I would impair
you would impair
he/she/it would impair
we would impair
you would impair
they would impair
Past Conditional
I would have impaired
you would have impaired
he/she/it would have impaired
we would have impaired
you would have impaired
they would have impaired
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.impair - make worse or less effective; "His vision was impaired"
damage - inflict damage upon; "The snow damaged the roof"; "She damaged the car when she hit the tree"
2.impair - make imperfect; "nothing marred her beauty"
damage - inflict damage upon; "The snow damaged the roof"; "She damaged the car when she hit the tree"
defile, sully, taint, corrupt, cloud - place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; "sully someone's reputation"
blemish, deface, disfigure - mar or spoil the appearance of; "scars defaced her cheeks"; "The vandals disfigured the statue"

impair

impair

verb
To spoil the soundness or perfection of:
Translations
يُضْعِف
oslabitpoškodit
skadesvække
ront
skaîa, veikja
bojātkaitētpasliktinātiesvājināt

impair

[ɪmˈpɛəʳ] VT [+ health, relations] → perjudicar, afectar; [+ sight, hearing] → afectar, dañar; [+ ability] → mermar; [+ judgement] → afectar; [+ visibility] → reducir
impaired hearingproblemas mpl de audición

impair

[ɪmˈpɛər] vt
(= damage) → perturber
(= reduce) [+ ability, faculty] → réduire

impair

vtbeeinträchtigen; hearing, sight alsoverschlechtern; relations also, healthschaden (+dat)

impair

[ɪmˈpɛəʳ] vt (health) → danneggiare, pregiudicare; (sight, hearing) → deteriorare, menomare; (visibility) → ridurre; (relations) → deteriorare

impair

(imˈpeə) verb
to damage, weaken or make less good. He was told that smoking would impair his health.
imˈpairment noun

impair

v. dañar; debilitar, desmejorar.

impair

vt dañar, perjudicar; impaired physician médico -ca mf a quien se le dificulta desempeñar su labor debido a enfermedad mental, alcoholismo o drogadicción
References in classic literature ?
But with the whale, these two sashes are separately inserted, making two distinct windows, but sadly impairing the view.
No State shall enter into any treaty, alliance, or confederation; grant letters of marque and reprisal; coin money; emit bills of credit; make any thing but gold and silver a legal tender in payment of debts; pass any bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation of contracts; or grant any title of nobility.
No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.