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

  • transitive v. To deprive of fortitude, strength, or firmness of purpose.
  • transitive v. To make nervous or upset.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To deprive of nerve, force, or strength; to weaken; to enfeeble.
  • v. To upset.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To deprive of nerve, force, or strength; to weaken; to enfeeble.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To deprive of nerve, force, or strength; weaken; enfeeble; hence, to deprive of power or authority, as a government.

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

  • v. disturb the composure of


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