enfeeble

[en-fee-buhl]
verb (used with object), enfeebled, enfeebling.
to make feeble; weaken: That bout of pneumonia enfeebled him.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English enfeblen < Old French enfeblir. See en-1, feeble

enfeeblement, noun
enfeebler, noun
unenfeebled, adjective


enervate, debilitate.
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enfeeble (ɪnˈfiːbəl)
 
vb
(tr) to make weak; deprive of strength
 
en'feeblement
 
n
 
en'feebler
 
n

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enfeeble
mid-14c., from O.Fr. enfeblir, from en- + feble (see feeble). Related: Enfeebled.
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Example sentences
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.
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