from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make or become extremely thin, especially as a result of starvation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make extremely thin or wasted
  • v. To become extremely thin or wasted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Emaciated.
  • intransitive v. To lose flesh gradually and become very lean; to waste away in flesh.
  • transitive v. To cause to waste away in flesh and become very lean.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cause to lose flesh gradually; waste the flesh of; reduce to leanness: as, great suffering emaciates the body.
  • To lose flesh gradually; become lean, as by disease or pining; waste away, as flesh.
  • Thin; wasted; greatly reduced in flesh.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. grow weak and thin or waste away physically
  • v. cause to grow thin or weak


Latin ēmaciāre, ēmaciāt- : ē-, ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + maciāre, to make thin; see māk- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin emaciare ("to make lean, cause to waste away"), from ex- ("out") + macies ("leanness"), from macer ("thin") (Wiktionary)



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