- To debilitate is defined as to weaken, make ill or destroy.
When an illness wears you down and makes you ill, this is an example of a time when the illness debilitates.
transitive verbdebilitated, debilitating
Origin of debilitate; from Classical Latin debilitatus, past participle of debilitare, to weaken ; from debilis, weak, not strong ; from de- (see de-) + derived, derivative of Indo-European base an unverified form bel-, strong from source Classical Greek belteros, better
transitive verbde·bil·i·tat·ed, de·bil·i·tat·ing, de·bil·i·tates
Origin of debilitateLatin dēbilitāre, dēbilitāt-, from dēbilis, weak; see bel- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present debilitates, present participle debilitating, simple past and past participle debilitated)
Latin debilitatus, past participle of debilitare (“to weaken, debilitate”), from the adjective debilis (“weak”), from de- + habilis (“able”).