(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. weaken, devitalize, unnerve, paralyze, soften, emasculate, unman, debilitate, enfeeble, effeminate. See impotence, weakness.Ant., innervate, invigorate.
(Roget's IV) v.
Syn. debilitate, devitalize, enfeeble, exhaust; see drain 2 , weaken 2 .
See Synonym Study at unnerve , weaken .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v.
[EN ur vate]
to weaken or debilitate.
Smoking tends to enervate the immune system.
SYN.: weaken, debilitate, sap, enfeeble, tire, exhaust, wear out, prostrate, fatigue, devitalize.
ANT.: fortify, strengthen, invigorate
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To lessen or deplete the nerve, energy, or strength of: attenuate, debilitate, devitalize, enfeeble, sap2, undermine, undo, unnerve, weaken. See STRONG.

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