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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.
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"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
crippled
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?
crippling
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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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