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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
American diplomacy, meanwhile, has been debilitated.
The Necromancer summons up hordes of the undead and manipulates death to attack, defend, and debilitate.
King Louis XIV is struck with a debilitating pain in his leg while in Versailles, in August 1715.
WESTON My character has this implantation of electrodes to relieve her of chronic, debilitating pain.
Prodigy, one half of the groundbreaking hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, was diagnosed as an infant with a severe form of sickle cell anemia, a blood disease marked by debilitating bouts of bodily pain.
The public health crisis — which has been debilitating for many families in the majority black Michigan city — is so severe that 5 officials in Michigan were charged with involuntary manslaughter on Wednesday.
A new, non-invasive knee procedure could bring some relief for patients suffering from debilitating chronic pain, for whom surgery is not an option.
Florida voters in November approved legalizing marijuana statewide for debilitating medical conditions, such as cancer, epilepsy, HIV, AIDS, glaucoma, among others.
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Origin and Etymology of debilitate
Latin debilitatus, past participle of debilitare to weaken, from debilis weak
First Known Use: 1533See Words from the same year
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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