Debilitate is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of debilitate, followed by 45 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - make weak
EXAMPLES - Debilitate in a Sentence
- Rather than debilitate her, the anguish galvanized her. (source)
- He realized that he should probably debilitate Yindao immediately. (source)
- His fear was his most powerful tool, if he did not let it debilitate him. (source)
- We are now informed that, through the CBW programme, they tried to debilitate (source)
- Plus, who wants to deal with the financial headache that is about to debilitate the State? (source)
- Too much involvement in the non-Romani world can debilitate you and can affect you socially. (source)
- And there's also quite a bit of proof that sharing your feelings all the time can debilitate you. (source)
- "The violence will diminish as we accelerate our capacity to debilitate the gangs that produce it." (source)
- HARRIS: How debilitate -- I mean it just sounds like a treatment course that is extremely debilitating. (source)
- Charity case: state budget cuts threaten to debilitate -- or worse, shut down -- local LGBT organizations. (source)
- Over the past 25 years I've seen how the pain of chronic stomachaches and headaches can debilitate a child. (source)
- "This is part of a plan to debilitate the Church," Porras told The Associated Press in an interview last week. (source)
- Continuing on this path will debilitate public education in urban districts and give the illusion of improvement ... (source)
- This isn't as high as Italy or Greece, but it's rising fast toward the 90% level that begins to debilitate an economy. (source)
- I watched the whole time, expecting Rob to abandon his murder and debilitate me to the point of not being able to watch or even move. (source)
- But it can be argued that while this debilitates the Vienna Circle's most notorious claim, it does not debilitate their entire program. (source)
- The withdrawal of trade closes factories, farms and mines and can only debilitate the political effectiveness of those dependent on them. (source)
- Walsh details the struggle to resist neo-liberal agendas that promote privatization and debilitate communities in post-apartheid South Africa. (source)
- Bastidas himself is quoted in the story as saying that "We believe it is political to debilitate the UNT and cut us off from projecting ourselves." (source)
- "We believe it is political, to debilitate UNT and cut us off from projecting ourselves," said Emilio Bastidas, a regional coordinator for the federation. (source)
- The Framers plainly did not intend to permit Congress to debilitate the executive by authorizing impeachment for something short of the most serious harm to the state. (source)
- We have never seen something so powerful bring people together, educating, informing and making life easier but it's also used to hurt, scam and debilitate in so many ways. (source)
- For alternative views about the deeper issues that restrict, debilitate and deprive Muslim women of their rights and rightful place in society, check out an alternative website: (source)
- Providence seems kindly our friend in this particular, thus to debilitate the understanding where the heart is corrupt, and diminish the power where there is the will to do mischief. (source)
- Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said military leaders wanted troops to remain through the end of 2012 to finish off the fighting season and give them the best chance to debilitate the Taliban. (source)
- State Department said the operation quote - "Demonstrates Mexico's determination and increasing capacity to debilitate the drug cartels that threaten the safety and well being of its citizens." (source)
- Like other forms of terrorism, cyber war offers an attacker asymmetrical advantages and can be used by individuals as well as governments to debilitate and confuse civilian and military targets. (source)
- MR. LOCKHART: No, it's certainly not -- it's to debilitate and degrade his ability, through his special police and through his military force, to impose his will, which he's attempting to do now. (source)
- Analysts say Sharon is pursuing a three-pronged strategy: erode the militants 'infrastructure, debilitate the Palestinian Authority and force Arafat to make peace with Israel on Sharon's own tough terms. (source)
- "Fertile rural regions, such as the Plan Alto, remain underused while poverty in the urban areas increases, and crime, lack of infrastructure and unemployment further debilitate the squatter settlements." (source)
- From its mildest to its most oppressive forms, Hijab hinders one or more of the senses and is part and parcel of a tradition to disable and debilitate women by limiting their power of movement and perception. (source)
- Others, like the numerous doctors anecdotally consulted for this piece, side with the Medical examiners in Tarrant County citing the myriad and well-documented ways that prolonged drug use can debilitate the heart. (source)
- I finally decided I need to put something in this to slow that down because that also, and I think the doctor would agree, each time you have a major bout, there is a setback and that setback can debilitate you even more. (source)
- "There are not only the risks of spills both chronic and catastrophic but also the industrialization of our coastal communities that would either debilitate or destroy Virginia's coastal economy," said Glen Besa, chapter director. (source)
- The statistics are alarming - HIV/AIDS is projected to reduce the size of the labor force in 32 African countries by up to 35% by 2020, and may substantially debilitate economic growth in major emerging economies in the coming decade . (source)
- We have learned also that acting on our own behalf to create programs in which self-care is integral is, itself, stress-reducing and therapeutic, helping people with cancer to overcome the feelings of helplessness and hopelessness that so often debilitate them. (source)
- The use of infiltrators is but one component of a new Taliban strategy to target the heart of the Afghan security establishment all over the country in a bid to debilitate its ranks and make it appear incapable of protecting itself, much less the wider population. (source)
- Although the producers of Waiting for 'Superman' and other Johnny-come-lately critics of public education may not be political reactionaries, they are nonetheless abetting a business-financed movement that seeks to debilitate unions and advance the privatization of the public schools. (source)
- Many bankers and political leaders, including Messrs. Sarkozy and McCain, argue that fair-value accounting is exacerbating the credit crisis by requiring companies to report unrealized losses, forcing them to top up their balance sheets through asset sales that debilitate them further. (source)
- BLITZER: I suspect, Nic, a lot of the people who are determined to try to stay in New Orleans simply don't understand how dangerous it is, even if they swallow a little bit of that water, that floodwater, and it's infected with the E coli, it could -- it could not only debilitate them, but it could potentially even kill them. (source)
- McCain's "Hail Mary" pick -- Palin -- was hastily decided on the next-to-last day of the Democratic convention, by which time it was evident that Obama's convention was winning over independent voters; all that remained was the final night and the opportunity for Obama to deliver a speech that would further work to his advantage, and debilitate the McCain campaign. (source)
- Obviously, a very heavy emphasis and the idea is, of course, that as the fighting goes on in the ground, the air power will be used to debilitate the Republican Guard to zap its strength and the planners here say that, in fact, it is having that effect, that the Republican Guard is getting clobbered so much from the air that it has much softened up for the fight the ground. (source)
- The US President prefers to deploy his weapon of choice; the politics of distraction, rather than building up a viable US missile defense strategy, and prefers instead to pursue a senseless disarmament programme that would debilitate the United States, in the hope that beneficient tyrants like Kim Jong-Il and Ahmedinejad will be so bedazzled by his goodwill that they'll abandon all their nefarious deeds. (source)
- Bathing was certainly necessary to health and cleanliness in a hot country like Italy, especially before the use of linen was known: but these purposes would have been much better answered by plunging into the Tyber, than by using the warm bath in the thermae, which became altogether a point of luxury borrowed from the effeminate Asiatics, and tended to debilitate the fibres already too much relaxed by the heat of the climate. (source)
- "I don't think there is any doubt that the intention of this government is to set back civil rights," said Judith Berkan, a long-time civil rights attorney and a law professor at University of Puerto Rico and InterAmerican University in San Juan, adding that the administration has enacted a staggering number of measures to neutralize and debilitate all those perceived as a threat to a local oligarchy acting in concert with U.S. interests. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 45 example sentences provided below is 35.0, which suggests that "debilitate" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 23 synonyms for debilitate.
attenuate, blunt, cripple, devitalize, disable, enervate, enfeeble, eviscerate, exhaust, extenuate, harm, hurt, injure, mar, prostrate, relax, sap, spoil, unbrace, undermine, unstrengthen, weaken, wear out
We have 17 antonyms for debilitate.
aid, animate, assist, assuage, cure, enable, energize, fix, grow, heal, help, increase, invigorate, mend, please, soothe, strengthen
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of debilitate from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-transitive) To sap the strength or energy of; enervate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (verb) To make feeble; to weaken.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (verb-transitive) To impair the strength of; to weaken; to enfeeble.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To weaken; impair the strength of; enfeeble; make inactive or languid: as, intemperance debilitates the organs of digestion.
- (None) Synonyms To enervate, exhaust.
- (None) Weak; feeble.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) make weak