in·​ten·​er·​ate in-ˈte-nə-ˌrāt How to pronounce intenerate (audio)
intenerated; intenerating

transitive verb

: to make tender : soften
inteneration noun

Word History


in- entry 2 + Latin tener soft, tender — more at tender entry 1

First Known Use

1576, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of intenerate was in 1576

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Cite this Entry

“Intenerate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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