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transitive verb

[with object]
  • Cause (someone) to feel drained of energy or vitality; weaken.

    ‘the heat enervated us all’
    • ‘The day's ride had exhausted her already dwindled energy, and the night had truly enervated her.’
    • ‘His enemies were enervated and lacked a strong voice.’
    • ‘The lack of food enervated him and he couldn't produce the goods when they were required.’
    • ‘It enervated Sven, draining his energy and willpower, then paralyzing him.’
    • ‘But whether depressed by the small audience or enervated by the heat, the choir made little impact before the interval.’
    • ‘The tension has enervated whole generations of players.’
    • ‘Ionizing radiation enervates the human gene pool and it weakens our immune systems.’
    • ‘You leave the theatre drained and enervated, wishing you could get that time back, 15 minutes of awesome explosions notwithstanding.’
    • ‘The preoccupation with the problem of evil, asserts Nietzsche, enervates the human spirit.’
    • ‘Shall we say this war consumes the heart and enervates the soul?’
    • ‘When I conjure in my mind the objections that people I know make to Christianity, I am reminded of my friend on the couch, enervated by life's manifold demands.’
    • ‘Without this, poetry is enervated and becomes merely the record of consciousness no more compelling than yesterday's sports statistics.’
    • ‘Hemingway's genius would be squandered, enervated by celebrity, and he would die an alcoholic and a suicide.’
    • ‘Businessmen, enervated by the pressures of city life, sought spiritual as well as physical refreshment in the new pastime of bushwalking.’
    • ‘Thanks so much and hope you regain your energy soon… don't let school or whatever it is enervate you too much.’
    • ‘The knowledge of a shared destiny energizes and sustains many of us, enervates and defeats others.’
    exhaust, tire, fatigue, weary, wear out, devitalize, drain, sap, weaken, make weak, make feeble, enfeeble, debilitate, incapacitate, indispose, prostrate, immobilize, lay low, put out of action
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/ˈenərˌvāt/ /ˈɛnərˌveɪt/


  • Lacking in energy or vitality.

    ‘the enervate slightness of his frail form’
    • ‘A few weeks of the Blair, Bush, and Campbell vision of an enervate media might change their minds.’
    • ‘After charging his age with being an enervate breed which is "ever on his knees before the footstool of Authority," he goes on to observe that the process of statute-making ought to make one pause before according so much unquestioned deference to statutes.’



/ˈenərvət/ /ˈɛnərvət/


Early 17th century from Latin enervat- ‘weakened (by extraction of the sinews)’, from the verb enervare, from e- (variant of ex- ‘out of’ + nervus ‘sinew’.