Definition of debilitate
- sailors debilitated by scurvy
- an economy debilitated by years of civil war
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The virus debilitates the body's immune system.
the heart surgery debilitated the college athlete beyond his worst fears
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First Known Use: 1533See Words from the same year
: to make (someone or something) weak : to reduce the strength of (someone or something)
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without deliberation, pause, or delay
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