verb \bi-ˈnəm, bē-\

: to make (someone) numb or unable to have emotions

Full Definition of BENUMB

transitive verb
:  to make inactive :  deaden
:  to make numb especially by cold

Examples of BENUMB

  1. <a succession of personal tragedies had benumbed him to all grief>

Origin of BENUMB

Middle English benomen, from benomen, past participle of benimen to deprive, from Old English beniman, from be- + niman to take — more at nimble
First Known Use: 14th century


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