intenerate
transitive verb (-ated; -ating) Etymology: 2in- + Latin tener soft, tender — more at tender Date: 1576 to make tender ; softeninteneration noun

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  • Intenerate — In*ten er*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Intenerated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Intenerating}.] [Pref. in in + L. tener soft, tender. See {Tender}, a.] To make tender or sensitive; to soften. [1913 Webster] Fear intenerates the heart. Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Intenerate — In*ten er*ate ([i^]n*t[e^]n [ e]r*[asl]t), a. Made tender or soft; softened. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intenerate — [in ten′ər āt΄] vt. intenerated, intenerating [ IN 1 + L tener, TENDER1 + ATE1] Rare to make tender or soft inteneration n …   English World dictionary

  • intenerate — inteneration, n. /in ten euh rayt /, v.t., intenerated, intenerating. to make soft or tender; soften. [1585 95; IN 2 + L tener TENDER1 + ATE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • intenerate — verb To soften; tenderize …   Wiktionary

  • intenerate — in·ten·er·ate …   English syllables

  • intenerate — in•ten•er•ate [[t]ɪnˈtɛn əˌreɪt[/t]] v. t. at•ed, at•ing to make soft or tender; soften • Etymology: 1585–95; in II+ L tener tender I+ ate I …   From formal English to slang

  • intenerate —   v.t. soften.    ♦ inteneration, n …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • intenerate — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Intenerated — Intenerate In*ten er*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Intenerated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Intenerating}.] [Pref. in in + L. tener soft, tender. See {Tender}, a.] To make tender or sensitive; to soften. [1913 Webster] Fear intenerates the heart. Bp. Hall.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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