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incapacitateverb [T often passive]

uk   /ˌɪn.kəˈpæs.ɪ.teɪt/ us   /ˌɪn.kəˈpæs.ə.teɪt/
to make someone unable to work or do things normally, or unable to do what they intended to do: The accident left me incapacitated for seven months. Rubber bullets are designed to incapacitate people rather than kill them.
incapacitating
adjective uk   /ˌɪn.kəˈpæs.ɪ.teɪ.tɪŋ/ us   /ˌɪn.kəˈpæs.ə.teɪ.t̬ɪŋ/
Extreme shyness can be very incapacitating.
(Definition of incapacitate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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incapacitateverb [T]

us   /ˌɪn·kəˈpæs·ɪˌteɪt/
to remove someone’s ability to do something: The accident incapacitated me for seven months.
incapacitating
adjective us   /ˌɪn·kəˈpæs·əˌteɪ·t̬ɪŋ/
an incapacitating illness
incapacity
noun [U] us   /ˌɪn·kəˈpæs·ɪ·t̬i/
The novel tells the story of a man’s incapacity for love.
(Definition of incapacitate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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