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debilitate

verb de·bil·i·tate \di-ˈbi-lə-ˌtāt, dē-\

: to make (someone or something) weak : to reduce the strength of (someone or something)

de·bil·i·tat·edde·bil·i·tat·ing

Full Definition of DEBILITATE

transitive verb
:  to impair the strength of :  enfeeble
de·bil·i·ta·tion \-ˌbi-lə-ˈtā-shən\ noun

Examples of DEBILITATE

  1. The virus debilitates the body's immune system.
  2. <the heart surgery debilitated the college athlete beyond his worst fears>

Origin of DEBILITATE

Latin debilitatus, past participle of debilitare to weaken, from debilis weak
First Known Use: 1533

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debilitate

transitive verb de·bil·i·tate \di-ˈbil-ə-ˌtāt\   (Medical Dictionary)
de·bil·i·tat·edde·bil·i·tat·ing

Medical Definition of DEBILITATE

:  to impair the strength of <a body debilitated by disease>
de·bil·i·ta·tion \-ˌbil-ə-ˈtā-shən\ noun

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