Pronunciation: /ˈɛnəveɪt /[with object] (often as adjective enervated or enervating)
- Make (someone) feel drained of energy or vitality: enervating heatMore example sentences
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 actionBritish • informal knacker• rare torpefy
- The knowledge of a shared destiny energizes and sustains many of us, enervates and defeats others.
- 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.
Pronunciation: /ɪˈnəːvət /• literary Back to top
- Lacking in energy or vitality: the enervate slightness of his frail formMore example sentences
- 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.
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'.