Definition of deaden in English:


Line breaks: dead¦en
Pronunciation: /ˈdɛd(ə)n


[with object]
  • 1Make (a noise or sensation) less strong or intense: ether was used to deaden the pain
    More example sentences
    • 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, stifle, dull, blunt, suppress; alleviate, mitigate, moderate, weaken, diminish, reduce, decrease, lessen, palliate, abate, ease, soothe, relieve, assuage, subdue, take the edge off, get rid of, put an end tomuffle, mute, smother, stifle, dull, damp, damp down, tone down, hush, silence, quieten, soften, cushion, blanket, buffer, absorb
  • 1.1Deprive of the power of sensation: diabetes can deaden the nerve endings
    More example sentences
    • 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, render insensitive, make insensitive, numb, benumb, anaesthetize; harden, toughen, harden someone's heart
  • 1.2Deprive of force or vitality; stultify: the syllabus has deadened the teaching process (as adjective deadening) a deadening routine
    More example sentences
    • 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
    More example sentences
    • 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.



More 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.’

More definitions of deaden

Definition of deaden in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day mage
Pronunciation: meɪdʒ
a magician or learned person