verb (used with object), debilitated, debilitating.
to make weak or feeble; enfeeble: The siege of pneumonia debilitated her completely.

1525–35; < Latin dēbilitātus (past participle of dēbilitāre), equivalent to dēbilit-, stem of dēbilis weak + -ātus -ate1

debilitant, noun
debilitation, noun
debilitative, adjective
nondebilitating, adjective
nondebilitation, noun
nondebilitative, adjective
overdebilitate, verb (used with object), overdebilitated, overdebilitating.
undebilitated, adjective
undebilitating, adjective
undebilitative, adjective

weaken, deplete, enervate, devitalize. Unabridged
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debilitate (dɪˈbɪlɪˌteɪt)
(tr) to make feeble; weaken
[C16: from Latin dēbilitāre, from dēbilis weak]

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Word Origin & History

1530s, from L. debilitat-, pp. stem of debilitare "to weaken," from debilis "weak" (see debility). Related: Debilitated (1610s).
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Example sentences
As the various authors point out, such an approach tends to debilitate the
  faculty during moments of financial crisis.
The police sought to completely debilitate the celebration.
Diabetes can rapidly debilitate a breadwinner and impose impotency, either
  outcome a solid marriage wrecker.
There are also those who argue that cellphones ultimately empower rather than
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