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debilitate

[dih-bil-i-teyt]
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verb (used with object), de·bil·i·tat·ed, de·bil·i·tat·ing.
  1. 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
Related formsde·bil·i·tant, nounde·bil·i·ta·tion, nounde·bil·i·ta·tive, adjectivenon·de·bil·i·tat·ing, adjectivenon·de·bil·i·ta·tion, nounnon·de·bil·i·ta·tive, adjectiveo·ver·de·bil·i·tate, verb (used with object), o·ver·de·bil·i·tat·ed, o·ver·de·bil·i·tat·ing.un·de·bil·i·tat·ed, adjectiveun·de·bil·i·tat·ing, adjectiveun·de·bil·i·ta·tive, adjective

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weaken, deplete, enervate, devitalize.
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Examples from the Web for debilitation

Historical Examples

  • Contraries, when near and militant, will be troublesome to each other, and seek each other's destruction or debilitation.

    A Christian Directory (Part 4 of 4)

    Richard Baxter


British Dictionary definitions for debilitation

debilitate

verb
  1. (tr) to make feeble; weaken
Derived Formsdebilitation, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin dēbilitāre, from dēbilis weak
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Word Origin and History for debilitation

n.

early 15c., from French débilitation (13c.), from Latin debilitationem (nominative debilitas) "a laming, crippling, weakening," noun of action from past participle stem of debilitare "to weaken" (see debilitate).

debilitate

v.

1530s, from Latin debilitatus, past participle of debilitare "to weaken," from debilis "weak" (see debility). Related: Debilitated; debilitating.

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