from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To deprive of strength; make feeble.
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- v. To make feeble.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make feeble; to deprive of strength; to reduce the strength or force of; to weaken; to debilitate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make feeble; deprive of strength; reduce the strength or force of; weaken; debilitate; enervate: as, intemperance enfeebles the body; long wars enfeeble a state.
- Synonyms See list under enervate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make weak
It has failed to do so because, among other things, its restless campaign to enfeeble the African state and its role in the economy has not succeeded in overcoming the environment of unproductive and pervasive rent seeking, he said.
And it would enfeeble the Democratic Party for a generation.
All available evidence suggests that long bouts of unemployment — particularly male unemployment — still enfeeble the jobless and warp their families to a similar degree, and in many of the same ways.
Where the people are Catholic and submissive to the law of God, as declared and applied by the vicar of Christ and supreme pastor of the church, democracy may be a good form of government; but combined with Protestantism or infidelity in the people, its inevitable tendency is to lower the standard of morality, to enfeeble intellect, to abase character, and to retard civilization, as even our short American experience amply proves.
It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration.
Japan and the U.K. The spending cuts and tax hikes they will be forced to impose will impair growth and enfeeble currencies.
What diplomats and local analysts describe as perilous political drift in the capital, Bishkek, has been compounded by the approach of parliamentary elections in October, a vote that will probably amplify nationalist voices wary of the West and further enfeeble Otunbayeva.
That means, if they chose to, companies like Verizon and Sprint (and Telstra) could disable or enfeeble parts of the system, and the “Android store” can be filtered to carry only carrier-approved apps.
In addition, the unhealthy winds magnify the body's compromised state: "not only do they enfeeble and weaken the natural forces, but they also unleash the humors and corrupt them, especially when, together with the rain and heat of summer, they begin to blow."
The disclosures of the US attempt to remove highly enriched uranium from the Pakistani reactor confirm the suspicions of certain political circles in Pakistan that the US has an eye on our nuclear assets, and while doing everything it can to strengthen India, defence-wise and economically, at the same time, it wants to enfeeble Pakistan.
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