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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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Origin of debilitate

First recorded in 1525–35; from 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
/ (dɪˈbɪlɪˌteɪt) /

verb
(tr) to make feeble; weaken

Derived forms of debilitate

debilitation, noun

Word Origin for debilitate

C16: from Latin dēbilitāre, from dēbilis weak
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