Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “incapacitate”


verb [T]    /ˌɪn·kəˈpæs·ɪˌteɪt/
to remove someone’s ability to do something: The accident incapacitated me for seven months. incapacitating    /ˌɪn·kəˈpæs·əˌteɪ·t̬ɪŋ/ adjective an incapacitating illness incapacity    /ˌɪn·kəˈpæs·ɪ·t̬i/ noun [U] The novel tells the story of a man’s incapacity for love.
(Definition of incapacitate verb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of incapacitate

Definitions of “incapacitate” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


willing to give money, help, kindness, etc., especially more than is usual or expected

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More