potentiate

verb

po·​ten·​ti·​ate pə-ˈten(t)-shē-ˌāt How to pronounce potentiate (audio)
potentiated; potentiating

transitive verb

: to make effective or active or more effective or more active
also : to augment the activity of (something, such as a drug) synergistically
potentiation noun

Examples of potentiate in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1667, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of potentiate was in 1667

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Cite this Entry

“Potentiate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potentiate. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

potentiate

transitive verb
po·​ten·​ti·​ate pə-ˈten-chē-ˌāt How to pronounce potentiate (audio)
potentiated; potentiating
: to make effective or active or more effective or more active
also : to augment the activity of (as a drug) synergistically
potentiation noun
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