Definition of enervate
: lacking physical, mental, or moral vigor : enervated
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First Known Use of enervate
Examples of enervate in a Sentence
a lifetime of working in dreary jobs had enervated his very soul
the surgery really enervated me for weeks afterwards
Did You Know?
Enervate is a word that some people use without really knowing what it means. They seem to believe that because "enervate" looks a little bit like "energize" and "invigorate" it must share their meaning - but it is actually their antonym. "Enervate" comes from the Latin word enervare, which was formed from the prefix e-, meaning "out of," and "-nervare" (from nervus, meaning "sinew or nerve"). So, etymologically at least, someone who is enervated is "out of nerve."
Synonym Discussion of enervate
ENERVATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of enervate for English Language Learners
: to make (someone or something) very weak or tired
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