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English Dictionary: impair by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
impair
v
  1. make worse or less effective; "His vision was impaired"
  2. make imperfect; "nothing marred her beauty"
    Synonym(s): mar, impair, spoil, deflower, vitiate
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Impair \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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Impair \Im*pair"\, v. t.
      To grow worse; to deteriorate. --Milton.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Impair \Im"pair\, a. [F. impair uneven, L. impar; im- not + par
      equal.]
      Not fit or appropriate. [Obs.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Impair \Im*pair"\, n.
      Diminution; injury. [Obs.]
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