Weaken or damage (something, especially a faculty or function): a noisy job could permanently impair their hearing
More example sentences
- It damages physical health, impairs individual judgement, leads, at times, to a degree of personal dependence which is a little short of slavery.
- If they were not precisely placed or if they involved both sides of the brain, they could cause severe damage, impairing speech and leading to cognitive problems.
- Driving in an intoxicated state makes a person prone to accidents as alcohol impairs judgement and slows reflexes.