Definition of enfeeble in English:



  • Make weak or feeble.

    ‘trade unions are in an enfeebled state’
    • ‘Artists dominated by reason lose all feeling, powerful instinct is enfeebled, inspiration becomes impoverished and the heart lacks its rapture.’
    • ‘Despite this, we are gradually unpicking the fabric of a once prosperous nation and turning it into a starved and enfeebled wasteland.’
    • ‘The existing opposition parties are enfeebled - the biggest of them is the Communist Party, a husk of its former self and no friend to capitalist tycoons.’
    • ‘My elderly brain is too enfeebled to work it out.’
    • ‘At that moment she knew that his age had enfeebled him.’
    • ‘He weeps, enfeebled by the death of his most loving daughter - he refuses to believe she is gone, even as he himself dies.’
    • ‘He no doubt walks little old ladies across the street and feeds enfeebled kittens by hand to nurse them back to health.’
    • ‘One out of three got worse - it actually enfeebled their work.’
    • ‘The institutions that are supposed to be providing these checks and balances seem to be temporarily enfeebled.’
    • ‘When you are old and enfeebled your muscles don't work very well, you can't cough and you are at risk of pneumonia.’
    • ‘The mind or intellect seems to be enfeebled by sentiment today as your head and heart tug you in different directions.’
    • ‘The old man is too enfeebled to make the journey, and sends his young counterpart on the voyage to retrieve the treasure.’
    • ‘And of course, once he's too enfeebled to make it to the polls he'll have lots of folks willing to vote in his name.’
    • ‘On May 1 he wrote, ‘the sudden north wind has enfeebled me sadly’.’
    • ‘It enfeebled us so much that even freedom from European colonisation did not make us independent and strong.’
    • ‘He was a weak, completely enfeebled old man, between one hundred and twenty and one hundred and fifty years old.’
    • ‘Under constant attack and enfeebled by the bitterly cold weather, the army and its followers were gradually destroyed in the passes leading to India and only a handful escaped.’
    • ‘A plate of aluminium about fifteen millimetres thick, though it enfeebled the action seriously, did not cause the fluorescence to disappear entirely.’
    • ‘I am reminded of his awareness of how enfeebled modern literature can seem in an academic context.’
    • ‘His success enfeebled the national democratic process, plunging Cambodia back into turmoil that continues to plague it today.’
    weaken, make weak, make feeble, debilitate, incapacitate, indispose, prostrate, immobilize, lay low, disable, handicap, cripple, paralyse
    drain, sap, exhaust, tire, fatigue, devitalize
    knock out, do in, shatter
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Middle English: from Old French enfeblir, from en- (expressing a change of state) + feble feeble.