Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “debilitate”


verb [T]     /dɪˈbɪl.ɪ.teɪt/ formal
to make someone or something physically weak: Chemotherapy exhausted and debilitated him.Becoming and making less strong debilitating     /-teɪt.ɪŋ/ US  /-teɪ.t̬ɪŋ/ adjective a debilitating condition/diseaseLimiting and restrictingPreventing and impedingBecoming and making less strong
(Definition of debilitate verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of debilitate

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