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[en-fee-buh l] /ɛnˈfi bəl/
verb (used with object), enfeebled, enfeebling.
to make feeble; weaken:
That bout of pneumonia enfeebled him.
Origin of enfeeble
1300-50; Middle English enfeblen < Old French enfeblir. See en-1, feeble
Related forms
enfeeblement, noun
enfeebler, noun
unenfeebled, adjective
enervate, debilitate. Unabridged
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  • They take new bodies, discard old bodies as they get enfeebled and die.
  • People may become less willing to comply if they come to see the justices as enfeebled relics of another era.
  • But if you are enfeebled by any cause, the disease becomes strong.
  • One day he was walking up and down, trying to think in spite of his enfeebled state.
  • Far from being disgusted at such a spectacle, he ran to meet him, affection giving vigour to his enfeebled age.
  • It has borrowed hundreds of billions of dollars to stimulate the enfeebled economy, while tax revenues crumble.
  • Politicians had to boost enfeebled monetary policy by loosening their budgets generously.
  • But the government may be too enfeebled to realise it.
  • In a war-enfeebled state, crime is everywhere on the rise.
  • But all too often the weak have further enfeebled their position by taking an uncompromisingly extreme view.
British Dictionary definitions for enfeebled


(transitive) to make weak; deprive of strength
Derived Forms
enfeeblement, noun
enfeebler, noun
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Word Origin and History for enfeebled



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

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