Meaning of “incapacitate” in the English Dictionary

"incapacitate" in English

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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.
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.
adjective us /ˌɪn·kəˈpæs·əˌteɪ·t̬ɪŋ/

an incapacitating illness
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)