enfeeble

verb
en·​fee·​ble | \in-ˈfē-bəl, en-\
enfeebled; enfeebling\in-​ˈfē-​b(ə-​)liŋ, en-​ \

Definition of enfeeble 

transitive verb

: to make feeble : deprive of strength

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Other Words from enfeeble

enfeeblement \in-​ˈfē-​bəl-​mənt, en-​ \ noun

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weaken, enfeeble, debilitate, undermine, sap, cripple, disable mean to lose or cause to lose strength or vigor. weaken may imply loss of physical strength, health, soundness, or stability or of quality, intensity, or effective power. a disease that weakens the body's defenses enfeeble implies a condition of marked weakness and helplessness. enfeebled by starvation debilitate suggests a less marked or more temporary impairment of strength or vitality. the debilitating effects of surgery undermine and sap suggest a weakening by something working surreptitiously and insidiously. a poor diet undermines your health drugs had sapped his ability to think cripple implies causing a serious loss of functioning power through damaging or removing an essential part or element. crippled by arthritis disable suggests bringing about impairment or limitation in a physical or mental ability. disabled by an injury sustained at work

Examples of enfeeble in a Sentence

long periods of being confined to a hospital bed will enfeeble anyone

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More often than not, the result is to blunt the impact of the critique and enfeeble the opposition. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "The Red Hen Affair: Demands for 'civility' are almost always aimed at shutting down free speech," 25 June 2018 Mr Macron has been helped by a big parliamentary majority, and an opposition enfeebled by his new party’s rise. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron faces a wave of strikes and protests in France," 14 Apr. 2018 The same anxiety turned contempt attends much of today’s social media, notably Twitter and Snapchat, where the sheen of fatuousness, cryptic UX, and clubhouse jargon appears designed to humiliate and enfeeble. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, "The Great Tech Panic: The Internet Is the Uncanniest Valley," 25 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of enfeeble

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for enfeeble

Middle English enfeblen, from Anglo-French enfebler, enfeblir, from en- + feble feeble

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