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Definition of "debilitate" [de•bil•i•tate]

  • To sap the strength or energy of; enervate. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "debilitate" in a sentence
  • "Walsh details the struggle to resist neo-liberal agendas that promote privatization and debilitate communities in post-apartheid South Africa."
  • "Over the past 25 years I've seen how the pain of chronic stomachaches and headaches can debilitate a child."
  • "Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said military leaders wanted troops to remain through the end of 2012 to finish off the fighting season and give them the best chance to debilitate the Taliban."