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IMPAIR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does impair mean? 

IMPAIR (verb)
  The verb IMPAIR has 2 senses:

1. make worse or less effective
2. make imperfect

  Familiarity information: IMPAIR used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


IMPAIR (verb)


Sense 1impair [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make worse or less effective

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

His vision was impaired

Hypernyms (to "impair" is one way to...):

damage (inflict damage upon)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2impair [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make imperfect

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

mar; deflower; impair; vitiate; spoil

Context example:

nothing marred her beauty

Hypernyms (to "impair" is one way to...):

damage (inflict damage upon)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "impair"):

cloud; corrupt; defile; sully; taint (place under suspicion or cast doubt upon)

blemish; deface; disfigure (mar or spoil the appearance of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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