Definition of enfeeble in English:



[WITH OBJECT]often as adjective enfeebled
  • Make weak or feeble.

    ‘trade unions are in an enfeebled state’
    • ‘I am reminded of his awareness of how enfeebled modern literature can seem in an academic context.’
    • ‘On May 1 he wrote, ‘the sudden north wind has enfeebled me sadly’.’
    • ‘The old man is too enfeebled to make the journey, and sends his young counterpart on the voyage to retrieve the treasure.’
    • ‘My elderly brain is too enfeebled to work it out.’
    • ‘Despite this, we are gradually unpicking the fabric of a once prosperous nation and turning it into a starved and enfeebled wasteland.’
    • ‘Artists dominated by reason lose all feeling, powerful instinct is enfeebled, inspiration becomes impoverished and the heart lacks its rapture.’
    • ‘He weeps, enfeebled by the death of his most loving daughter - he refuses to believe she is gone, even as he himself dies.’
    • ‘His success enfeebled the national democratic process, plunging Cambodia back into turmoil that continues to plague it today.’
    • ‘The institutions that are supposed to be providing these checks and balances seem to be temporarily enfeebled.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At that moment she knew that his age had enfeebled him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was a weak, completely enfeebled old man, between one hundred and twenty and one hundred and fifty years old.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It enfeebled us so much that even freedom from European colonisation did not make us independent and strong.’
    • ‘When you are old and enfeebled your muscles don't work very well, you can't cough and you are at risk of pneumonia.’
    • ‘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 mind or intellect seems to be enfeebled by sentiment today as your head and heart tug you in different directions.’
    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’.