to make weak or feeble; enfeeble: The siege of pneumonia debilitated her completely.
- de·bil·i·tant, noun
- de·bil·i·ta·tion [dih-bil-i-tey-shuhn], /dɪˌbɪl ɪˈteɪ ʃən/, 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), o·ver·de·bil·i·tat·ed, o·ver·de·bil·i·tat·ing.
- 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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How to use debilitate in a sentence
Consumed by guilt and dread, and unsure of what she’s become, or why, Maeve grows increasingly debilitated by whatever has infected her.‘Red Hands’ is either creepily satisfying or a trigger for your worst nightmare | Elizabeth Hand | December 17, 2020 | Washington Post
Researchers are also investigating gene therapy approaches, with the goal of fixing the mutation that causes the debilitating illness.The FDA has approved the first drug to treat the rapid-aging disease progeria | Carolyn Wilke | November 25, 2020 | Science News
It’s a condition being evaluated and likely to be made official, but in simple terms, it’s grief that’s debilitating over a long period of time.
People with severe cases can suffer prolonged symptoms of fatigue and other debilitating effects.Death Rates Have Fallen By 18% For Hospitalized COVID–19 Patients As Treatments Improve | LGBTQ-Editor | November 5, 2020 | No Straight News
For the millions suffering from cancer and other debilitating diseases, I hope so.Why we shouldn’t give up on bipartisanship, even now | jakemeth | November 3, 2020 | Fortune
Thus, they arrived at work debilitated by disease or exhausted by the long trek from home.
The psychological fear debilitated any progress or learning in the cities.
We watched them silently, too debilitated to even move out of their way.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks | Max Brooks | January 14, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
I could count on about 20 years of catering to this possibly debilitated but still buying class.
Indeed, during the greater portion of the voyage one or the other of us lay sick and debilitated.
It is not infrequently observed in the strumous and debilitated.Essentials of Diseases of the Skin | Henry Weightman Stelwagon
The patient rallied, but she remained very much debilitated.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete | Albert Bigelow Paine
But the effort was too great for her debilitated condition—a weakness came over her, and she sunk back exhausted to her pillow.
The following, then, may be put down as the causes of a debilitated constitution, from the misuse of food.A Treatise on Domestic Economy | Catherine Esther Beecher
British Dictionary definitions for debilitate
(tr) to make feeble; weaken
- debilitation, noun
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