Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make tender; soften.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To soften; tenderize.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Made tender or soft; softened.
  • transitive v. To make tender or sensitive; to soften.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make tender; soften.
  • Made tender; tender; soft; intenerated.

Etymologies

in-2 + Latin tener, tender; see tender1 + -ate1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Thus she contrives to intenerate the granite and felspar, takes the boar out and puts the lamb in and keeps her balance true.

    V. Essays. Compensation. 1841

  • I know not whether I do not too much indulge the vain longings of affection; but I hope they intenerate my heart, and that when I die like my Tetty, this affection will be acknowledged in a happy interview, and that in the mean time I am incited by it to piety.

    Life Of Johnson

  • Thus she contrives to intenerate [100] the granite and felspar, takes the boar out and puts the lamb in, and keeps her balance true.

    Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Thus she contrives to intenerate the granite and felspar, takes the boar out and puts the lamb in, and keeps her balance true.

    Essays: First Series (1841)

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