Definition of enfeeble in English:



[with object]often as adjective enfeebled
  • Make weak or feeble.

    ‘trade unions are in an enfeebled state’
    • ‘It enfeebled us so much that even freedom from European colonisation did not make us independent and strong.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Despite this, we are gradually unpicking the fabric of a once prosperous nation and turning it into a starved and enfeebled wasteland.’
    • ‘A plate of aluminium about fifteen millimetres thick, though it enfeebled the action seriously, did not cause the fluorescence to disappear entirely.’
    • ‘He was a weak, completely enfeebled old man, between one hundred and twenty and one hundred and fifty years old.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Artists dominated by reason lose all feeling, powerful instinct is enfeebled, inspiration becomes impoverished and the heart lacks its rapture.’
    • ‘One out of three got worse - it actually enfeebled their work.’
    • ‘I am reminded of his awareness of how enfeebled modern literature can seem in an academic context.’
    • ‘My elderly brain is too enfeebled to work it out.’
    • ‘On May 1 he wrote, ‘the sudden north wind has enfeebled me sadly’.’
    • ‘The institutions that are supposed to be providing these checks and balances seem to be temporarily enfeebled.’
    • ‘His success enfeebled the national democratic process, plunging Cambodia back into turmoil that continues to plague it today.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    weaken, make weak, make feeble, debilitate, incapacitate, indispose, prostrate, immobilize, lay low, disable, handicap, cripple, paralyse
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Middle English: from Old French enfeblir, from en- (expressing a change of state) + feble ‘feeble’.