incapacitate


in·ca·pac·i·tate

verb \ˌin-kə-ˈpa-sə-ˌtāt\

: to make (someone or something) unable to work, move, or function in the usual way

in·ca·pac·i·tat·edin·ca·pac·i·tat·ing

Full Definition of INCAPACITATE

transitive verb
1
:  to make legally incapable or ineligible
2
:  to deprive of capacity or natural power :  disable
in·ca·pac·i·ta·tion \-ˌpa-sə-ˈtā-shən\ noun

Examples of INCAPACITATE

  1. The class teaches you how to incapacitate an attacker.
  2. The stroke left her completely incapacitated.
  3. He was incapacitated by the pain.
  4. a computer system incapacitated by software problems

First Known Use of INCAPACITATE

1657

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