unnerve

verb
un·​nerve | \ ˌən-ˈnərv How to pronounce unnerve (audio) \
unnerved; unnerving; unnerves

Definition of unnerve

transitive verb

1 : to deprive of courage, strength, or steadiness
2 : to cause to become nervous : upset

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Other Words from unnerve

unnervingly \ ˌən-​ˈnər-​viŋ-​lē How to pronounce unnerve (audio) \ adverb

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unnerve, enervate, unman, emasculate mean to deprive of strength or vigor and the capacity for effective action. unnerve implies marked often temporary loss of courage, self-control, or power to act. unnerved by the near collision enervate suggests a gradual physical or moral weakening (as through luxury or indolence) until one is too feeble to make an effort. a nation's youth enervated by affluence and leisure unman implies a loss of manly vigor, fortitude, or spirit. a soldier unmanned by the terrors of battle emasculate stresses a depriving of characteristic force by removing something essential. an amendment that emasculates existing safeguards

Examples of unnerve in a Sentence

Seeing the police in there unnerved me. She was unnerved by his strange manner.
Recent Examples on the Web But Ramos said this did not particularly unnerve him. New York Times, 3 June 2021 While that could unnerve traders, most economists aren't too worried about the headline number. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 1 June 2021 But its demands can also cow and daunt and unnerve them. New York Times, 23 May 2021 Every cinematic element is designed to unnerve the viewer. Mark Olsen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2021 That lapse, after a string of pars and birdies — and after subpar rounds of 70 and 69 in the first half of the tournament — appeared to unnerve Mickelson, despite his new relaxation techniques. New York Times, 22 May 2021 In Hollywood, Wilder’s habit of fidgeting and pacing would unnerve his co-writers. Jeremy Mccarter, WSJ, 16 Apr. 2021 News of the tax provisions appeared to unnerve investors on Thursday, with stock markets giving up gains as investors absorbed details of Mr. Biden’s capital gains tax plans. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2021 Maila’s baleful stare, not at all reminiscent of sirens immemorial, also was meant to unnerve viewers. oregonlive, 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of unnerve

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unnerve was in 1603

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25 Jun 2021

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“Unnerve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unnerve. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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unnerve

verb

English Language Learners Definition of unnerve

somewhat formal : to make (someone) feel afraid or upset and unable to think clearly

unnerve

verb
un·​nerve | \ ˌən-ˈnərv How to pronounce unnerve (audio) \
unnerved; unnerving

Kids Definition of unnerve

: to cause to lose confidence, courage, or self-control

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