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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 ​accidentleft me incapacitated for seven ​months. Rubber ​bullets are ​designed to incapacitate ​peoplerather 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 ​noveltells 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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