- 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.
debilitate definition by Webster's New World
Origin: ; from Classical Latin debilitatus, past participle of debilitare, to weaken ; from debilis, weak, not strong ; from de- (see de-) plush derived, derivative of Indo-European base an unverified form bel-, strong from source Classical Greek belteros, better
- debilitation noun
debilitate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb de·bil·i·tat·ed, de·bil·i·tat·ing, de·bil·i·tates
Origin: Latin dēbilitāre, dēbilitāt-, from dēbilis, weak; see bel- in Indo-European roots.
- de·bilˌi·taˈtion noun
- de·bilˈi·taˌtive adjective