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enfeeble

[en-fee-buh l] /ɛnˈfi bəl/
verb (used with object), enfeebled, enfeebling.
1.
to make feeble; weaken:
That bout of pneumonia enfeebled him.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English enfeblen < Old French enfeblir. See en-1, feeble
Related forms
enfeeblement, noun
enfeebler, noun
unenfeebled, adjective
Synonyms
enervate, debilitate.
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  • It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration.
  • It serves always to distract the public councils, and enfeeble the public administration.
  • Athletes reject cigarettes because they enfeeble strength and endurance.
British Dictionary definitions for enfeeble

enfeeble

/ɪnˈfiːbəl/
verb
1.
(transitive) to make weak; deprive of strength
Derived Forms
enfeeblement, noun
enfeebler, noun
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Word Origin and History for enfeeble
v.

mid-14c., from Old French enfeblir "become weak," from en- (see en- (1)) + feble (see feeble). Related: Enfeebled; enfeebling.

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