unnerve

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verb un·nerve \-ˈnərv\

Definition of unnerve

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to deprive of courage, strength, or steadiness

  3. 2 :  to cause to become nervous :  upset

unnervingly

play \-ˈnər-viŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of unnerve in a sentence

  1. Seeing the police in there unnerved me.

  2. She was unnerved by his strange manner.

1601

First Known Use of unnerve

1601

Synonym Discussion of unnerve

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>.

UNNERVE Defined for English Language Learners

unnerve

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verb un·nerve \-ˈnərv\

Definition of unnerve for English Language Learners

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


UNNERVE Defined for Kids

unnerve

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verb un·nerve \ˌən-ˈnərv\

Definition of unnerve for Students

unnerved

unnerving

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



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