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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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literary having been deprived of strength or vitality
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|Adj.||1.||enervated - lacking strength or vigor |
weak - wanting in physical strength; "a weak pillar"
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adjective weakened, spent, done in (informal), weak, tired, drained, undermined, exhausted, fatigued, run-down, limp, feeble, sapped, worn out, debilitated, unnerved, washed out, incapacitated, enfeebled, devitalized Warm winds make many people feel enervated and depressed.
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enervated[ˈɛnərveɪtɪd] adj (= weak) → affaibli(e)
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