from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make or become extremely thin, especially as a result of starvation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make extremely thin or wasted
- v. To become extremely thin or wasted.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To lose flesh gradually and become very lean; to waste away in flesh.
- transitive v. To cause to waste away in flesh and become very lean.
- adj. Emaciated.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cause to lose flesh gradually; waste the flesh of; reduce to leanness: as, great suffering emaciates the body.
- To lose flesh gradually; become lean, as by disease or pining; waste away, as flesh.
- Thin; wasted; greatly reduced in flesh.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. grow weak and thin or waste away physically
- v. cause to grow thin or weak
Latin ēmaciāre, ēmaciāt- : ē-, ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + maciāre, to make thin; see māk- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin emaciare ("to make lean, cause to waste away"), from ex- ("out") + macies ("leanness"), from macer ("thin") (Wiktionary)