embrittle

verb
em·​brit·​tle | \ im-ˈbri-tᵊl How to pronounce embrittle (audio) \
embrittled; embrittling\ im-​ˈbrit-​liŋ How to pronounce embrittling (audio) , -​tᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of embrittle

transitive verb

: to make brittle

intransitive verb

: to become brittle

Other Words from embrittle

embrittlement \ im-​ˈbri-​tᵊl-​mənt How to pronounce embrittlement (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of embrittle

1902, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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