debilitate

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Debilitate \De*bil"i*tate\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Debilitated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Debilitating}.] [L. debilitatus, p. p. of debilitare to debilitate, fr. debilis. See {Debility}.] To impair the strength of; to weaken; to enfeeble; as, to debilitate the body by intemperance.

Various ails debilitate the mind. --Jenyns.

The debilitated frame of Mr. Bertram was exhausted by this last effort. --Sir W. Scott.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

debilitate

verb

1: make weak; "Life in the camp drained him" [syn: {enfeeble}, {debilitate}, {drain}]


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