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

 

nerve

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//nɜːv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//nɜːrv//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they nerve
BrE BrE//nɜːv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//nɜːrv//
 
he / she / it nerves
BrE BrE//nɜːvz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//nɜːrvz//
 
past simple nerved
BrE BrE//nɜːvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//nɜːrvd//
 
past participle nerved
BrE BrE//nɜːvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//nɜːrvd//
 
-ing form nerving
BrE BrE//ˈnɜːvɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɜːrvɪŋ//
 
 
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nerve yourself for something/to do something to give yourself the courage or strength to do something He nerved himself to ask her out. Word Origin late Middle English (also in the sense ‘tendon, sinew’): from Latin nervus; related to Greek neuron ‘nerve’ (see neuron).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: nerve