- to make weak or feeble; enfeeble: The siege of pneumonia debilitated her completely.
Origin of debilitate
1525–35; < Latin dēbilitātus (past participle of dēbilitāre), equivalent to dēbilit-, stem of dēbilis weak + -ātus -ate1
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weaken, deplete, enervate, devitalize.
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- (tr) to make feeble; weaken
C16: from Latin dēbilitāre, from dēbilis weak
Word Origin and History for non-debilitating
1530s, from Latin debilitatus, past participle of debilitare "to weaken," from debilis "weak" (see debility). Related: Debilitated; debilitating.
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