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[ dih-bil-i-teyt ]

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.

    Synonyms: devitalize, enervate, deplete, weaken


/ dɪˈbɪlɪˌteɪt /


  1. tr to make feeble; weaken

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Derived Forms

  • deˌbiliˈtation, noun
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Other Words From

  • de·bil·i·tant noun
  • de·bil·i·ta·tion [dih-bil-i-, tey, -sh, uh, n], noun
  • de·bil·i·ta·tive adjective
  • non·de·bil·i·tat·ing adjective
  • non·de·bil·i·ta·tive adjective
  • o·ver·de·bil·i·tate verb (used with object) overdebilitated overdebilitating
  • un·de·bil·i·tat·ed adjective
  • un·de·bil·i·tat·ing adjective
  • un·de·bil·i·ta·tive adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of debilitate1

First recorded in 1525–35; from Latin dēbilitātus (past participle of dēbilitāre ), equivalent to dēbilit-, stem of dēbilis “weak” + -ātus -ate 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of debilitate1

C16: from Latin dēbilitāre, from dēbilis weak
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Example Sentences

A debilitating pandemic swept through the global economy, upending long-established ways of doing business.

From Digiday

That leads to dementia, a debilitating condition that affects millions of Americans each year.

Chikungunya is a disease that can result in debilitating joint pain.

Extreme humidity from New Orleans to northern Wisconsin will make summers increasingly unbearable, turning otherwise seemingly survivable heat waves into debilitating health threats.

His story also doubles as the suffocating, debilitating nature of the closet itself.

From Vox

Infernal, it can cause fires and explosions; toxic, it can debilitate, poison, and kill.

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.

He was one of those whom books cannot debilitate, nor a life of study incapacitate for the study of life.

Even tea and coffee, the common beverages of all classes of people, have a tendency to debilitate the digestive organs….

In such a case diarrhea will no longer serve a good end, but will on the contrary debilitate the system.


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