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."

Usage Examples:

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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