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debilitate

[ dih-bil-i-teyt ]
/ d瑟藞b瑟l 瑟藢te瑟t /
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to make weak or feeble; enfeeble: The siege of pneumonia debilitated her completely.
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Origin of debilitate

First recorded in 1525鈥35; from Latin d膿bilit膩tus (past participle of d膿bilit膩re ), equivalent to d膿bilit-, stem of d膿bilis 鈥渨eak鈥 + -膩tus -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for debilitate

debilitate
/ (d瑟藞b瑟l瑟藢te瑟t) /

verb
(tr) to make feeble; weaken

Derived forms of debilitate

debilitation, noun

Word Origin for debilitate

C16: from Latin d膿bilit膩re, from d膿bilis weak
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