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Definition of cripple verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cripple
    he / she / it cripples
    past simple crippled
    -ing form crippling
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  1. 1[usually passive] cripple somebody to damage someone's body so that they are no longer able to walk or move normally synonym disable He was crippled by polio as a child. to be crippled with arthritis
  2. 2[usually passive] cripple somebody/something to seriously damage or harm someone or something The pilot tried to land his crippled plane.
    adjective a crippling disease crippling debts
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: cripple

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