- 1debilitate somebody/something to make somebody’s body or mind weaker a debilitating disease The troops were severely debilitated by hunger and disease. She found the heat debilitating.
- 2debilitate something to make a country, an organization, etc. weaker Prolonged strike action debilitated the industry. The economy is now strengthening after a long and debilitating recession. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin debilitat-
BrE BrE//dɪˈbɪlɪteɪt//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈbɪlɪteɪt//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they debilitate
BrE BrE//dɪˈbɪlɪteɪt//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈbɪlɪteɪt//he / she / it debilitates
BrE BrE//dɪˈbɪlɪteɪts//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈbɪlɪteɪts//past simple debilitated
BrE BrE//dɪˈbɪlɪteɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈbɪlɪteɪtɪd//past participle debilitated
BrE BrE//dɪˈbɪlɪteɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈbɪlɪteɪtɪd//-ing form debilitating
BrE BrE//dɪˈbɪlɪteɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈbɪlɪteɪtɪŋ//