debilitate

[dih-bil-i-teyt]

verb (used with object), de·bil·i·tat·ed, de·bil·i·tat·ing.

to make weak or feeble; enfeeble: The siege of pneumonia debilitated her completely.

Nearby words

  1. debe,
  2. debeak,
  3. debenture,
  4. debenture bond,
  5. debierne,
  6. debilitating,
  7. debilitation,
  8. debility,
  9. debir,
  10. debit

Origin of debilitate

1525–35; < Latin dēbilitātus (past participle of dēbilitāre), equivalent to dēbilit-, stem of dēbilis weak + -ātus -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for debilitate

debilitate

verb

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

Word Origin for debilitate

C16: from Latin dēbilitāre, from dēbilis weak

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Word Origin and History for 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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