To impair something is to make it less effective. If you impair the performance of a car, it will be less able to travel fast or handle difficult terrain.

  • The oilslickened roads made it difficult for the car to drive smoothly.

  • The dust and dirt in the air made it difficult for the airplane to fly.

Definition of impairs


make imperfect


deflower, mar, spoil, vitiate


make worse or less effective

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Example Sentences for impairs

  • 1

    These minor scratches can damage the surface of the lens and impair vision.

  • 2

    The organ tissue was deeply impaired.

  • 3

    A vision disorder is an impairment of the sense of vision.

  • 4

    Alcohol may impair your memory.

  • 5

    Links to websites impair the credibility of the article.

  • 6

    Including children and the disabled such as the visually impaired.

  • 7

    She won in the events for the visually impaired.

  • 8

    Her cognitive functions were impaired.

  • 9

    Her impairment was specific to letters in the alphabet.

  • 10

    Fatigue may affect to impaired concentration.