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Meaning of IMPAIR

Pronunciation:  an 'per

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  make worse or less effective; "His vision was impaired"
  2. [v]  make imperfect; "nothing marred her beauty"

IMPAIR is a 6 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: deflower, mar, spoil, vitiate
 See Also: blemish, cloud, corrupt, damage, deface, defile, disfigure, sully, taint



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Im*pair"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Impaired}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Impairing}.] [Written also {empair}.] [OE. empeiren,
    enpeiren, OF. empeirier, empirier, F. empirer, LL.
    impejorare; L. pref. im- in + pejorare to make worse, fr.
    pejor worse. Cf. {Appair}.]
    To make worse; to diminish in quantity, value, excellence, or
    strength; to deteriorate; as, to impair health, character,
    the mind, value.
          Time sensibly all things impairs.        --Roscommon.
          In years he seemed, but not impaired by years. --Pope.
    Syn: To diminish; decrease; injure; weaken; enfeeble;
         debilitate; reduce; debase; deteriorate.
  2. \Im*pair"\, v. t.
    To grow worse; to deteriorate. --Milton.
  3. \Im"pair\, a. [F. impair uneven, L. impar; im- not + par
    Not fit or appropriate. [Obs.]
  4. \Im*pair"\, n.
    Diminution; injury. [Obs.]
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