This is most often seen in the form debilitating, but the form debilitate is more often seen on SAT-type tests. When used in the form debilitating it most often references the effects of a disease that severely weakens someone. The form debilitate offers word variety, but little connotation beyond its better-known synonym, weaken.
The policy, if enacted, will damage and debilitate the economy.
The chemo-therapy is debilitating.
many people began to harbor parasites, which were not fatal in themselves but were seriously debilitating to those who had had radiation sickness.
John Hersey -- Hiroshima
But at the end of these Trials, the cure will be your reward, and you’ll never see the …. debilitating effects.
James Dashner -- The Scorch Trials
We’ve been trying to understand why in you, there’s no debilitating effect.
James Dashner -- The Death Cure
If not for the adrenaline flooding my system, the pain would’ve been totally debilitating.
Ransom Riggs -- Hollow City
But he had one habit so evil that I wished debilitating illness would befall him.
Piper Kerman -- Orange Is the New Black
I wasn’t against the order itself, which seemed in fact a good idea, to examine the girls regularly, with an eye toward prevention (if we were truly attempting to avoid the trouble with venereal outbreaks that had debilitated whole units of the Imperial Army), but what his order rankled against, which was the very code of all our association, and community.
Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life
Turned cyborg after a debilitating work-related accident three years ago, no doubt spent most of his savings on the surgery.
Marissa Meyer -- Cinder
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But the most debilitating was a burning sensation in his hands and feet; relentless, pulsing, it would leave him unable to focus on anything else.
Jojo Moyes -- Me Before You
Puller’s skin had been roughened by brutal heat and wind and equally debilitating cold.
David Baldacci -- Zero Day
He keeps his gaze locked on mine in his debilitating eye-hold while he stretches.
Colleen Hoover -- Hopeless
And something far more profound and debilitating was occupying my mind in the month of September, long before I had conditioned myself to the isolation of the island and the frustration of the task at hand.
Pat Conroy -- The Water is Wide
Placing those so debilitated in proximity to the Special Action seems warranted by the circumstances.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
The physical injuries were lasting, debilitating, and sometimes deadly.
Laura Hillenbrand -- Unbroken
As I help him up, I become aware of something scarier than the blisters, more debilitating than the burns.
Suzanne Collins -- Catching Fire
"You never know," he stated, "what our enemies are thinking, or how they will try to debilitate us."
Markus Zusak -- The Book Thief
I am fearfully exhausted and debilitated by this attack.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
He turned on hearing a noise, and perceiving me, shrieked loudly, and quitting the hut, ran across the fields with a speed of which his debilitated form hardly appeared capable.
Mary Shelley -- Frankenstein
Langdon’s aversion to closed spaces was by no means debilitating, but it had always frustrated him.
Dan Brown -- Angels & Demons
The debilitating attacks sensitized him; actions that previously had caused him no trouble could now leave him writhing on the ground.
Christopher Paolini -- Eldest
I also wanted the audience to know that I looked good, and felt OK, in part because my body had started to recover from the debilitating chemotherapy and radiation my doctors had been giving me.
Randy Pausch -- The Last Lecture
I forgit myself when I take such an interest in your breakfast, as to wish your frame, exhausted by the debilitating effects of prodigygality, to be stimilated by the ’olesome nourishment of your forefathers.
Charles Dickens -- Great Expectations
His head throbbed with a dull, debilitating pain, and he was irritable with Orr, who had found two crab apples somewhere and walked with them in his cheeks until Yossarian spied them there and made him take them out.
Joseph Heller -- Catch-22
The poor were already severely debilitated by hunger and had no protection from the cold, since they could not possibly afford fuel.
Wladyslaw Szpilman -- The Pianist
Here is stickiness with a vengeance: not only do some smokers find it hard to quit because they are addicted to nicotine, but also because without nicotine they run the risk of a debilitating psychiatric illness.
Malcolm Gladwell -- The Tipping Point
It struck a chord of fury inside him, and if he hadn’t been so debilitated by pain, he would have flung himself off the bed and onto the other boy in a rage.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Glass
But China is a vast country, and despite millions of casualties, Japan’s war became a debilitating war of attrition.
James Bradley -- Flags of Our Fathers
This whole costume was, if we may so express ourselves, debilitated; the seams were white, a vague button-hole yawned at one of the elbows; moreover, one of the coat buttons was missing on the breast; but this was only detail; as the hand of the statesman should always be thrust into his coat and laid upon his heart, its function was to conceal the absent button.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
The debilitated cousin supposes he is " ’normously rich fler."
Charles Dickens -- Bleak House
I wondered if they knew the chance they were taking by coming to Everest with untried footwear: two decades earlier I’d gone on an 31 expedition with new boots and had learned the hard way that heavy, rigid mountaineering boots can cause debilitating foot injuries before they’ve been broken in.
Jon Krakauer -- Into Thin Air
No, perhaps for her sake, toward love, as to something that had undermined and debilitated her.
Saul Bellow -- The Adventures of Augie March
Oliver was in Sweden recuperating from a debilitating stroke he had suffered in August 1989.
Nelson Mandela -- Long Walk to Freedom
For days my only ambition was to rid myself of the miserable, debilitating pain.
Betty Mahmoody -- Not Without My Daughter
Even in the grip of agonizing pain or complete debilitation, most jockeys clung to their illusion of invulnerability.
Laura Hillenbrand -- Seabiscuit
Once a month would be devastating; once a day would be debilitating.
Jodi Picoult -- Change of Heart
All the more because she felt so weak, so debilitated by Tomas’s infidelities.
Milan Kundera -- The Unbearable Lightness of Being
You haf a malfunctioning chip, you get debilitating headaches, and your leadership skills are sadly much less than ve had hoped for.
James Patterson -- Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
The little failures of memory that dog us all beyond a certain point will become more noticeable, more debilitating, until the time will come when I won’t notice them because I will have lost the ability to comprehend anything at all.
Ian McEwan -- Atonement
I was living in Queens while I wrote Sula, commuting to Manhattan to an office job, leaving my children to child-minders and the public school in the fall and winter, to my parents in the summer, and was so strapped for money that the condition moved from debilitating stress to hilarity.
Toni Morrison -- Sula
Spiritualism is the craze of the middle classes, the women especially; they gather in darkened rooms and play at table-tilting the way their grandmothers played at whist, or they emit voluminous automatic writings, dictated to them by Mozart or Shakespeare; in which case being dead, thinks Simon, has a remarkably debilitating effect on one’s prose style.
Margaret Atwood -- Alias Grace
The age old defense bought her a few seconds, but lacked the power to debilitate.
J.D. Robb -- Naked in Death
Her diseases are usually tropical and debilitating, but only occasionally deadly.
Christina Garcia -- Dreaming in Cuban
Cancer, heart disease, and most debilitating illnesses are almost entirely eradicated.
Ally Condie -- Matched
Their debilitating skin condition reached down into their joints and made dexterity a difficult prospect.
Ted Dekker -- Red: The Heroic Rescue
He knew from experience that it could take weeks to fully recover from the debilitating effects of a long, drawn-out battle.
Christopher Paolini -- Inheritance
The stress of the weekend, with its last-minute planning of the risky attack, has brought on severe diarrhea and a debilitating urinary tract infection.
Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard -- Killing Kennedy
Pitezel had long been a heavy drinker, but his drinking must have become debilitating, for it was Holmes who sent him to Keeley and paid for his treatment.
Erik Larson -- The Devil in the White City
The defense had planned to call Singbe the next day, but the slight cold that Covey had caught had degenerated into a deep-fevered, body-shaking, debilitating flu.