- to make weak or feeble; enfeeble: The siege of pneumonia debilitated her completely.
Origin of debilitate
1525–35; < Latin dēbilitātus (past participle of dēbilitāre), equivalent to dēbilit-, stem of dēbilis weak + -ātus -ate1
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weaken, deplete, enervate, devitalize.
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Examples from the Web for debilitate
Infernal, it can cause fires and explosions; toxic, it can debilitate, poison, and kill.The Fiery Underground Oil Pit Eating L.A.
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I will not debilitate the cook; I will not exhaust the fowl-yard.No Defense, Complete
He was one of those whom books cannot debilitate, nor a life of study incapacitate for the study of life.On the Sublime
Taking hot food or drink, habitually, tends to debilitate all the organs thus needlessly excited.
Many suppose that a warm bath exposes a person more readily to take cold; and that it tends to debilitate the system.
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- (tr) to make feeble; weaken
C16: from Latin dēbilitāre, from dēbilis weak
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Word Origin and History for debilitate
1530s, from Latin debilitatus, past participle of debilitare "to weaken," from debilis "weak" (see debility). Related: Debilitated; debilitating.
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