Definitions for: Impair

[v] make worse or less effective; "His vision was impaired"
[v] make imperfect; "nothing marred her beauty"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Im*pair", v. t.
To grow worse; to deteriorate. --Milton.

Im"pair, a. [F. impair uneven, L. impar; im- not + par
Not fit or appropriate. [Obs.]

Im*pair", n.
Diminution; injury. [Obs.]

Synonyms: deflower, mar, spoil, vitiate

See Also: blemish, cloud, corrupt, damage, deface, defile, disfigure, sully, taint

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