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enfeeble

To enfeeble is to make someone or something very weak or fragile. Your governor's budget cuts might enfeeble the state's public school system.

If an illness weakens you — makes you feel frail and shaky — it enfeebles you. Aging enfeebles us, and the lack of Vitamin D in the winter also enfeebles many people. You can also say that making it harder for people to vote enfeebles the democratic process. The verb enfeeble combines the prefix en-, "cause to be," with feeble, with its Latin root flebilis, "that is to be wept over."

Definitions of enfeeble
  1. verb
    make weak
    synonyms: debilitate, drain
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    types:
    emaciate, macerate, waste
    cause to grow thin or weak
    type of:
    weaken
    lessen the strength of
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