verb (used with object), in·ner·vat·ed, in·ner·vat·ing.

  1. to communicate nervous energy to; stimulate through nerves.
  2. to furnish with nerves; grow nerves into.

verb (tr)

  1. to supply nerves to (a bodily organ or part)
  2. to stimulate (a bodily organ or part) with nerve impulses

1870, from in- (2) “in” + Latin nervus (see nerve) + -ate. Probably rather a back-formation from innervation (1832). Related: Innervated. Innervation in psychology is from 1880.


  1. To supply an organ or a body part with nerves.
  2. To stimulate a nerve, muscle, or body part to action.

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