nerve - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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/nɜː(r)v/
present tense
I/you/we/theynerve
he/she/itnerves
present participlenerving
past tensenerved
past participlenerved
  1. to make someone, usually yourself, feel strong enough to do something or ready to do it

    Finally she nerved herself to go and talk to him.