/ɪmˈpɛə / (say im'pair)

verb (t)
a. to make worse: this will only impair the situation.
b. to alter for the worse; to damage: the blow impaired his hearing.
2. Obsolete impairment: without impair.
{Middle English empeire(n), from Old French empeirer, from Latin im- im-1 + pējor worse}
impaired, adjective
impairment, noun
impairer, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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