V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: to sap the strength of something; to make something weak
Synonyms: weaken, undermine, enfeeble, enervate, sap, injure
Antonyms: energize, revitalize, fortify
Tips: Debilitate comes from the Latin word debilitas, "weakness." It implies a gradual decline or lessening in strength. The related adjective debilitating refers to something that has the power to debilitate and weaken. Debilitate is often used to describe physical weakening of the body. Debilitate is the opposite of the related word rehabilitate, which means "revive."
He has suffered for years from a debilitating illness and is now practically crippled. (enfeebling) adjective
Some of your points are strong, but some are so weak, they debilitate the force of your argument. (weaken, undermine)
Overindulgence in alcohol can debilitate your judgment and ability to drive. (undermine, enfeeble)
A good sunscreen can debilitate the sun's ability to damage your skin. (weaken)
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