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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Im·pair v. t. [imp. & p. p. Impaired p. pr. & vb. n. Impairing.] [Written also empair.]  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.