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Examples of debilitate in a Sentence
The virus debilitates the body's immune system.
the heart surgery debilitated the college athlete beyond his worst fears
Recent Examples of debilitate from the Web
In the end, all the intrigue about staff infighting, though certainly real and sometimes debilitating for the smooth running of an administration, overlooks the central figure of the president.
FNC might as well stand for Fake News Channel, and its myths have had a pernicious, indeed debilitating, effect on U.S. politics.
The Kerr factor The Warriors going undefeated the first three rounds, with coach Steve Kerr debilitated with a spinal condition, shows not only the collective talent Kerr oversees, but the planning Kerr did.
EToys.com (ETYS), which had some of the most stratospheric highs and debilitating lows of any e-commerce stock, didn’t help the sector’s image Thursday.
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Origin and Etymology of debilitate
Latin debilitatus, past participle of debilitare to weaken, from debilis weak
First Known Use: 1533
Synonym Discussion of debilitate
DEBILITATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of debilitate for English Language Learners
: to make (someone or something) weak : to reduce the strength of (someone or something)
DEBILITATE Defined for Kids
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