July 06, 2017
Learner's Word of the Day
impair /ɪmˈpeɚ/ verb

impairs; impaired; impairing

Rain impairs the driver's vision.
Rain impairs the driver's vision.
Learner's definition of IMPAIR

[+ object]

: to make (something) weaker or worse

  • Smoking can impair your health.

  • His memory was so impaired by age that he often forgot where he was.

  • Drinking impairs a person's ability to think clearly.

impaired /ɪmˈpeɚd/ adjective [more impaired; most impaired]

  • The disease causes impaired vision/hearing in elderly people.

— sometimes used in combination

  • hearing-impaired people [=people with impaired hearing]

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