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benumb

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verb be·numb \bi-ˈnəm, bē-\

Simple Definition of benumb

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

Full Definition of benumb

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make inactive :  deaden

  3. 2 :  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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