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Definition of enervate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

enervate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈenəveɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈenərveɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they enervate
BrE BrE//ˈenəveɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈenərveɪt//
 
he / she / it enervates
BrE BrE//ˈenəveɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈenərveɪts//
 
past simple enervated
BrE BrE//ˈenəveɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈenərveɪtɪd//
 
past participle enervated
BrE BrE//ˈenəveɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈenərveɪtɪd//
 
-ing form enervating
BrE BrE//ˈenəveɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈenərveɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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enervate somebody (formal) to make somebody feel weak and tired an enervating disease/climate Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Latin enervat- ‘weakened (by extraction of the sinews)’, from the verb enervare, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out of’ + nervus ‘sinew’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: enervate