impair impair  /ɪm ˈpɛr/

Definition(s):

  1. (v) make worse or less effective
  2. (v) make imperfect

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Usage(s):

  1. Drinking has not been scientifically proved to stimulate appetite, but too much beer, wine or liquor can impair judgment, causing us to eat more.
  2. I can't hear him either; stress can impair hearing as well.
  3. The dyeing process costs only three or four cents a ton, does not impair the heating power of coal.

News

  1. NSA cyber spying on China not a surprise, but it's not ho-hum, either (+video)

    NSA chief says leaks about US cyber spying on China, and techniques for doing it, will impair intelligence-gathering. Others play that down, saying the more significant hit will be to relations with China and to US global work on behalf of a free and open Internet. 
    on June 15, 2013     Source: The Christian Science Monitor

  2. NSA cyber spying on China not a surprise, but it's not ho-hum, either

    NSA chief says leaks about US cyber spying on China, and techniques for doing it, will impair intelligence-gathering. Others play that down, saying the more significant hit will be to relations with China and to US global work on behalf of a free and open Internet. 
    on June 15, 2013     Source: The Christian Science Monitor

  3. Do antidepressants impair the ability to extinguish fear?

    Common antidepressant medications may impair a form of learning that is important clinically. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, commonly called SSRIs, are a class of antidepressant widely used to treat depression, as well as a range of anxiety disorders, but the effects of these drugs on learning and memory are poorly understood.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Science Daily

Quotes

  1. "Failure in Iraq at this juncture would be a calamity that would haunt our nation, impair our credibility, and endanger Americans for decades to come," Robert M. Gates said yesterday upon taking the oath to be Secretary of Defense.
    on Dec 19, 2006 By: Robert Gates Source: Washington Post

  2. ...a blunt editorial in Sunday's Washington Post, Fed chairman Ben Bernanke spoke against government meddling to shrink the Fed's role in supervising the US banking system, warning this would "impair the prospects for economic and financial...
    on Nov 30, 2009 By: Ben Bernanke Source: Seeking Alpha (blog)

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