Definition of deaden in English:

deaden

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

[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.
Synonyms
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
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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.
Synonyms
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
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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.

Derivatives

deadener

noun
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.’

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