Meaning of “cripple” in the English Dictionary

"cripple" in British English

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cripplenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkrɪp.əl/ us /ˈkrɪp.əl/

crippleverb [ T ]

uk /ˈkrɪp.əl/ us /ˈkrɪp.əl/

to injure someone so that they are unable to walk or move in a normal way

to cause serious damage to someone or something, making him, her, or it weak and not effective:

a country crippled by war
adjective uk /ˈkrɪp.əld/ us /ˈkrɪp.əld/

Someone who is crippled has serious injuries that affect their ability to walk or move:

Will she be crippled for life?
adjective uk /ˈkrɪp.əl.ɪŋ/ us /ˈkrɪp.əl.ɪŋ/

Something that is crippling causes someone serious injuries or harm:

A crippling attack of malaria kept 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)