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

  • transitive v. To make potent or powerful.
  • transitive v. To enhance or increase the effect of (a drug).
  • transitive v. To promote or strengthen (a biochemical or physiological action or effect).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To endow with power
  • v. To enhance
  • v. To increase the potency (of a drug or biochemical agent)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To render active or potent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To give power to.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. increase the effect of or act synergistically with (a drug or a physiological or biochemical phenomenon)


From Latin potentia, power; see potential.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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