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impair

verb [T] uk   /ɪmˈpeər/ us    /-ˈper/
to spoil something or make it weaker so that it is less effective: A recurring knee injury may have impaired his chances of winning the tournament.
impaired
adjective uk   /-ˈpeəd/ us    /-ˈperd/
She suffers from impaired vision/hearing.
Translations of “impair”
in Spanish perjudicar, dañar…
in French détériorer…
in German beeinträchtigen…
in Chinese (Traditional) 損害, 削弱…
in Russian повреждать, ослаблять…
in Turkish zarar vermek, zayıflatmak, zedelemek…
in Chinese (Simplified) 损害, 削弱…
in Polish upośledzać, pogarszać, osłabiać…
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