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debilitate

[ dih-bil-i-teyt ]
/ dɪˈbɪl ɪˌteɪt /
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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.

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eviscerate, attenuate, disable, cripple, exhaust, harm, mar, devitalize, injure, prostrate, extenuate, relax, hurt, enfeeble, spoil, enervate, sap, blunt, undermine, weaken

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debe, debeak, debenture, debenture bond, debierne, debilitate, debilitating, debilitation, debility, debir, 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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debilitate

/ (dɪˈbɪlɪˌteɪt) /

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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