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intenerate

[in-ten-uh-reyt] /ɪnˈtɛn əˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), intenerated, intenerating.
1.
to make soft or tender; soften.
Origin of intenerate
1585-1595
1585-95; in-2 + Latin tener tender1 + -ate1
Related forms
inteneration, noun
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  • Thus she contrives to intenerate the granite and felspar, takes the boar out and puts the lamb in and keeps her balance true.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Thus she contrives to intenerate the granite and felspar, takes the boar out and puts the lamb in, and keeps her balance true.

    Essays Ralph Waldo Emerson
British Dictionary definitions for intenerate

intenerate

/ɪnˈtɛnəˌreɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) (rare) to soften or make tender
Derived Forms
inteneration, noun
Word Origin
C16: from in-² + Latin tener delicate, tender1
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