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deprive of vitality; weaken: Constant worry will enervate you.
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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.
Deprived of strength; debilitated.
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."
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(tr) to deprive of strength or vitality; weaken physically or mentally; debilitate
deprived of strength or vitality; weakened
[C17: from Latin ēnervāre to remove the nerves from, from nervus nerve, sinew]
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en•er•vate(v. ˈɛn ərˌveɪt; adj. ɪˈnɜr vɪt)
v. -vat•ed, -vat•ing,
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)]
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Past participle: enervated
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|Verb||1.||enervate - weaken mentally or morally|
weaken - lessen the strength of; "The fever weakened his body"
|2.||enervate - disturb the composure of |
unman - cause to lose one's nerve; "an unmanning experience"
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enervate[ˈɛnəˌveɪt] vt → snervare
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vt. extirpar un nervio;
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