from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of: "the luxury which enervates and destroys nations” ( Henry David Thoreau). See Synonyms at deplete.
- transitive v. Medicine To remove a nerve or part of a nerve.
- adj. Deprived of strength; debilitated.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To reduce strength or energy; debilitate.
- v. To weaken morally or mentally.
- v. To unnerve or faze.
- v. To partially or completely remove a nerve.
- adj. Made feeble; weakened.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To deprive of nerve, force, strength, or courage; to render feeble or impotent; to make effeminate; to impair the moral powers of.
- adj. Weakened; weak; without strength of force.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To deprive of nerve, force, or strength; weaken; render feeble: as, idleness and voluptuous indulgences enervate the body.
- Figuratively, to deprive of force or applicability; render ineffective; refute.
- To cut the nerves of: as, to enervate a horse.
- Synonyms To enfeeble, unnerve, debilitate, paralyze, unstring, relax.
- Weakened; weak; enervated.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. weaken mentally or morally
- v. disturb the composure of
Latin ēnervāre, ēnervāt- : ē-, ex-, ex- + nervus, sinew; see (s)neəu- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)