dead·​en | \ ˈde-dᵊn How to pronounce deaden (audio) \
deadened; deadening\ ˈded-​niŋ How to pronounce deaden (audio) , ˈde-​dᵊn-​iŋ \

Definition of deaden

transitive verb

1 : to impair in vigor or sensation : blunt deadened his enthusiasm deadened the pain
2a : to deprive of brilliance
b : to make vapid or spiritless oxygen deadens wine
c : to make (something, such as a wall) impervious to sound
3 : to deprive of life : kill

intransitive verb

: to become dead : lose life or vigor

Other Words from deaden

deadener \ ˈded-​nər How to pronounce deaden (audio) , -​dᵊn-​ər \ noun
deadeningly \ ˈded-​niŋ-​lē How to pronounce deaden (audio) , -​dᵊn-​iŋ-​ \ adverb

Examples of deaden in a Sentence

He took aspirin to deaden the pain. The new insulation will help to deaden the noise from the street outside.
Recent Examples on the Web The glum surroundings deaden some of the livelier songs and the sheer size of the set, with staircases on either end, means that the cast needs to take a rather long time to enter or exit the stage. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 14 Apr. 2022 With virtually every swing-and-miss — especially against elevated fastballs — his right forearm appears to deaden, resulting in him dropping the bat., 12 Oct. 2021 There is plenty of specially designed soundproofing materials that deaden the sounds from coming into the interior of the vehicle. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 Andrelton Simmons hadn't realized MLB had tweaked its baseballs ahead of this season, a subtle change intended to deaden the distance by one or two feet on balls hit 375 feet or more. Megan Ryan, Star Tribune, 11 May 2021 But familiarity shouldn't deaden our sense of outrage. Arkansas Online, 27 Mar. 2021 The problem is that policies that directly redistribute income tend to deaden work incentives. Robert Stein, National Review, 15 Nov. 2020 Economists believe a second wave of infections could deaden a rebound and put the American economy in new danger. Aj Willingham, CNN, 8 June 2020 The roof, however, is composed of two flat magnesium elements with sound-deadening materials within the fabrics. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 17 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of deaden

1613, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Deaden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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dead·​en | \ ˈde-dᵊn How to pronounce deaden (audio) \
deadened; deadening

Kids Definition of deaden

: to take away some of the force of : make less Medicine will deaden the pain.

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