debilitate

debilitate
[[t]dɪbɪ̱lɪteɪt[/t]]
debilitates, debilitating, debilitated
1) VERB: usu passive If you are debilitated by something such as an illness, it causes your body or mind to become gradually weaker. [FORMAL]

[be V-ed by n] Stewart took over yesterday when Russell was debilitated by a stomach virus.

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debilitating ADJ-GRADED

A debilitating illness has been the cause of Tim Gould's current loss of form.

debilitated ADJ-GRADED

Occasionally a patient is so debilitated that he must be fed intravenously.

2) VERB To debilitate an organization, society, or government means to gradually make it weaker. [FORMAL]

[V n] ...their efforts to debilitate the political will of the Western alliance.

Derived words:
debilitating ADJ-GRADED

...people exhausted by years of debilitating economic crisis.

debilitated ADJ-GRADED

...an engineered takeover, designed to keep a debilitated ruling party in power.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • debilitate — (v.) 1530s, from L. debilitatus, pp. of debilitare to weaken, from debilis weak (see DEBILITY (Cf. debility)). Related: Debilitated; debilitating …   Etymology dictionary

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  • debilitate — ► VERB ▪ severely weaken. DERIVATIVES debilitation noun. ORIGIN Latin debilitare, from debilis weak …   English terms dictionary

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  • Debilitate — To impair the strength or to enfeeble. A chronic progressive disease may debilitate a patient. So may, temporarily, a major surgical procedure. In both cases the weakness is pervasive. Weakness in an arm or leg following the removal of a cast is… …   Medical dictionary

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