benumb

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verb be·numb \bi-ˈnəm, bē-\

Definition of benumb

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

  3. 2 :  to make numb especially by cold

Examples of benumb in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology 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


BENUMB Defined for English Language Learners

benumb

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verb be·numb \bi-ˈnəm, bē-\

Definition of benumb for English Language Learners

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



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