Impair



[im-pair] /ɪmˈpɛər/

verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
2.
to grow or become worse; lessen.
noun
3.
Archaic. impairment.
[an-per] /ɛ̃ˈpɛr/
adjective, French.
1.
noting any odd number, especially in roulette.
/ɪmˈpɛə/
verb
1.
(transitive) to reduce or weaken in strength, quality, etc: his hearing was impaired by an accident
v.

late 14c., earlier ampayre, apeyre (c.1300), from Old French empeirier (Modern French empirer), from Vulgar Latin *impeiorare “make worse,” from assimilated form of in- “into, in” (see in- (2)) + Late Latin peiorare “make worse” (see pejorative). In reference to driving under the influence of alcohol, first recorded 1951 in Canadian English. Related: Impaired; impairing.

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