Definition of debilitate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    debilitate

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin debilitat- ‘weakened’, from the verb debilitare, from debilitas, from debilis ‘weak’.
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