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Meaning of “cripple” in the English Dictionary

"cripple" in British English

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cripplenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkrɪp.l̩/

crippleverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈkrɪp.l̩/
to ​injure someone so that they are ​unable to ​walk or ​move in a ​normal way to ​causeseriousdamage to someone or something, making him, her, or it ​weak and not ​effective: a ​country crippled by ​war
crippled
adjective uk   us   /-l̩d/
Someone who is crippled has ​seriousinjuries that ​affecttheirability to ​walk or ​move: Will she be crippled for ​life?
crippling
adjective uk   us   /-l.̩ɪŋ/ /-.lɪŋ/
Something that is crippling ​causes someone ​seriousinjuries or ​harm: A crippling ​attack of ​malariakept him in ​bed for ​months. crippling ​debts
(Definition of cripple from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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crippleverb [T]

 us   /ˈkrɪp·əl/
  • cripple verb [T] (DAMAGE)

to make something much less ​effective; ​damage: Economic ​sanctions have crippled the country’s ​economy.
  • cripple verb [T] (INJURE)

to ​cause someone to be ​unable to move or ​walk in the ​usual way because of an ​injury or ​illness: The ​accident crippled him.
(Definition of cripple from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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