incapacitate


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incapacitate (someone)

To cause someone to be physically unable to do something. Oh man, that illness incapacitated me for weeks—I still get tired just walking up and down the steps.
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incapacitate (someone) for (a period of time)

To cause someone to be physically unable to do something for a particular length of time. Oh man, that illness incapacitated me for weeks—I still get tired just walking up and down the steps.
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incapacitate (someone) for (something)

To cause someone to be physically unable to do something. Oh, Tiffany's not that sick—this illness won't incapacitate her for her chores, I'll see to that!
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incapacitate (someone) for (something) for (a period of time)

To cause someone to be physically unable to do something for a particular length of time. Oh, Tiffany's not that sick—this illness won't incapacitate her for her chores for long, I'll see to that!
See also: for, incapacitate, of, period
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incapacitate someone (for something) (for a period of time)

to make someone physically unfit for [doing] something for a period of time. The accident incapacitated Rick for further work for a year. Sam's carelessness incapacitated Frank for a month.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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