- 1debilitate somebody/something to make someone's body or mind weaker a debilitating disease The troops were severely debilitated by hunger and disease. She found the heat debilitating.
- 2 debilitate something to make a country, an organization, etc., weaker Prolonged strikes debilitated the industry. The economy is now strengthening after a long and debilitating recession.
NAmE//dɪˈbɪləˌteɪt//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they debilitate
he / she / it debilitates
past simple debilitated
-ing form debilitating