noun see impair

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Impairer — Im*pair er, n. One who, or that which, impairs. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • impairer — im·pair·er …   English syllables

  • impairer — noun an agent that impairs crops can be great impairers of the soil • Derivationally related forms: ↑impair • Hypernyms: ↑agent …   Useful english dictionary

  • impair — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English empeiren, from Anglo French empeirer, from Vulgar Latin *impejorare, from Latin in + Late Latin pejorare to make worse more at pejorative Date: 14th century to damage or make worse by or as if by… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • impair — impairable, adj. impairer, n. impairment, n. /im pair /, v.t. 1. to make or cause to become worse; diminish in ability, value, excellence, etc.; weaken or damage: to impair one s health; to impair negotiations. v.i. 2. to grow or become worse;… …   Universalium

  • impair — /ɪmˈpɛə / (say im pair) verb (t) 1. a. to make worse: this will only impair the situation. b. to alter for the worse; to damage: the blow impaired his hearing. –noun 2. Obsolete impairment: without impair. {Middle English empeire(n), from Old… …   Australian English dictionary

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