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."
Origin and Etymology of enervate
Latin enervatus, past participle of enervare, from e- + nervus sinew — more at nerve
First Known Use: 1605
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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