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debilitate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of debilitate

  1. to diminish the physical strength of the heart surgery debilitated the college athlete beyond his worst fears Synonyms of debilitate weaken, devitalize, enervate, enfeeble, etiolate, prostrate, sap, soften, tire, wasteWords Related to debilitate cripple, disable, hamstring, incapacitate; deplete, depress, exhaust, impoverish, unman, wash out; damage, harm, hurt, impair, injure, invalid, lay up; break down, grind (down), wear down, wear out; paralyzeNear Antonyms of debilitate energize, invigorate, recruit, rejuvenate, vitalize; harden, season, toughenAntonyms of debilitate beef (up), fortify, strengthen

Synonym Discussion of debilitate

weaken, enfeeble, debilitate, undermine, sap, cripple, disable mean to lose or cause to lose strength or vigor. weaken may imply loss of physical strength, health, soundness, or stability or of quality, intensity, or effective power.
    • a disease that weakens the body's defenses
enfeeble implies a condition of marked weakness and helplessness.
    • enfeebled by starvation
debilitate suggests a less marked or more temporary impairment of strength or vitality.
    • the debilitating effects of surgery
undermine and sap suggest a weakening by something working surreptitiously and insidiously.
    • a poor diet undermines your health
    • drugs had sapped his ability to think
cripple implies causing a serious loss of functioning power through damaging or removing an essential part or element.
    • crippled by arthritis
disable suggests bringing about impairment or limitation in a physical or mental ability.
    • disabled by an injury sustained at work


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