Impaired
Impair 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. [1913 Webster]

Time sensibly all things impairs. --Roscommon. [1913 Webster]

In years he seemed, but not impaired by years. --Pope.

Syn: To diminish; decrease; injure; weaken; enfeeble; debilitate; reduce; debase; deteriorate. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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