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Definition of debilitate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they debilitate
    he / she / it debilitates
    past simple debilitated
    -ing form debilitating
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  1. 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. 2debilitate 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.
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