Definition of deaden in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdedn/


[with object]
1Make (a noise or sensation) less intense: ether was used to deaden the pain
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  • Close all the curtains and turn on the radio or television to deaden the noise.
  • This will help deaden the noise of heavy footfalls and provides a much kinder surface to unhook fish on than hard boards.
  • Corridors are floored with black linoleum, which deadens noise and adds to the devout atmosphere, as if science were some kind of holy order.
numb, dull, blunt, suppress;
alleviate, mitigate, diminish, reduce, lessen, ease, soothe, relieve, assuage, kill
muffle, mute, smother, stifle, dull, dampen;
silence, quieten, soften;
cushion, buffer, absorb
1.1Deprive of the power of sensation: diabetes can deaden the nerve endings
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  • Cantus sighed in relief, relaxing as I deadened his nerves.
  • His mind screamed at him not to, but his nerves were deadened, refusing to respond.
  • Based on its placement, I would bet that it has deadened the nerve, so that you would indeed feel no pain.
desensitize, numb, anesthetize;
harden (one's heart), toughen, inure
1.2Deprive of force or vitality; stultify: the syllabus has deadened the teaching process (as adjective deadening) a deadening routine
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  • Life is busier than ever for most couples and it's easy to fall into a routine that deadens your marriage.
  • Stale routine can be deadening and it appears to me that you are following a routine here lately, with business and other daily affairs.
  • Then it flew back into my mind with hideous, deadening force.
1.3Make (someone) insensitive to something: laughter might deaden us to the moral issue
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  • The sex - well, I'm still not getting any, but working sixteen hour days three times a week, and 8 hour days the other three, is deadening me sufficiently that I don't feel this so acutely.
  • Twenty years of blockbusters have deadened audiences to the excitement of big armies and lavish effects.
  • In this culture, we are deadened to the effects of our lives on other people, other animals, on natural resources every day.



Pronunciation: /ˈded(ə)nər/
Example sentences
  • Proust, who understood the many varieties of snobbery as well as anyone has, called it ‘the greatest sterilizer of inspiration, the greatest deadener of originality, the greatest destroyer of talent.’
  • By the time the next cell is reached, 16 sound deadeners have been added to the wheel wells, floor, and inner door and side panels.
  • Remember this quote: ‘Habit is the great deadener.’

Words that rhyme with deaden

Armageddon, leaden, redden

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Syllabification: dead·en

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