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

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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 But familiarity shouldn't deaden our sense of outrage. Arkansas Online, "Voter suppression is racism," 27 Mar. 2021 The problem is that policies that directly redistribute income tend to deaden work incentives. Robert Stein, National Review, "A New Agenda for the GOP," 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, "5 things to know for June 8: George Floyd, police reform, coronavirus, economy, China," 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, "2021 Porsche 911 Gets Classic Targa 4 and 4S Treatment," 17 May 2020 The promise of college in America is the promise of a clear path to the future, of a reward for all the sleep deprivation and soul-deadening competition of high school, and, most of all, of instant adulthood. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "How the Coronavirus Pandemic Has Shattered the Myth of College in America," 28 Apr. 2020 Save extreme precautions for the most vulnerable, such as nursing-home residents, while dialing back economy-deadening measures in other spheres. Peter Coy,, "You Can’t Fight the Virus Without Harming the Economy," 16 Mar. 2020 Slow but Scrappy The Yaris Hatchback's Mazda platform feels solid enough for a subcompact car, although some additional sound deadening material would be worth the few extra pounds and pennies. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Goes Beyond Basic Transportation," 22 Apr. 2020 If possible, the deadening thud from this pitch — which nobody believed was in any way intentional — was even more sickening. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Scary HBP vs. Dodgers leaves Rangers OF Willie Calhoun with a fractured jaw," 8 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of deaden

1613, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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5 Apr 2021

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“Deaden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of deaden

: to make (something) weaker or less noticeable


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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