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impair

im·pair

impair

 
 
pronunciation:
ihm peIr
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Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: impaired, impairing, impairs
definition: to weaken, damage, or cause to diminish in value or quality.
Consuming alcohol can impair one's ability to operate a vehicle.Communication was impaired by the lack of qualified translators.
synonyms:
attenuate, cripple, damage, diminish, enervate, harm, hurt, injure, weaken
antonyms:
enhance, improve, repair
similar words:
debase, debilitate, disable, enfeeble, hinder, incapacitate, lessen, maim, mar, sap, vitiate, wear
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derivation: impairment (n.)