An example of enervate is when a medication causes a person to lose his or her physical strength.
transitive verb-·vat·ed, -·vat·ing
Origin of enervatefrom Classical Latin enervatus, past participle of enervare from enervis, nerveless, weak from e-, out + nervus, nerve
transitive verben·er·vat·ed, en·er·vat·ing, en·er·vates
- To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of: “the luxury which enervates and destroys nations” ( Henry David Thoreau )
- Medicine To remove a nerve or part of a nerve.
Origin of enervateLatin ēnervāre ēnervāt- ē-, ex- ex- nervus sinew ; see (s)neəu- in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: Sometimes people mistakenly use enervate to mean “to invigorate” or “to excite” by assuming that this word is a close cousin of the verb energize. In fact enervate does not come from the same source as energize (Greek energos, “active”). It comes from Latin nervus, “sinew.” Thus enervate means “to cause to become 'out of muscle'&thin;,” that is, “to weaken or deplete of strength.”
(third-person singular simple present enervates, present participle enervating, simple past and past participle enervated)
From Latin enervatus, past participle of enervare (to weaken)