dead·​en | \ ˈde-dᵊn How to pronounce deaden (audio) \
deadened; deadening\ ˈded-​niŋ How to pronounce deadening (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 deadener (audio) , -​dᵊn-​ər \ noun
deadeningly \ ˈded-​niŋ-​lē How to pronounce deadeningly (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 Moreover, traditional sound-deadening moves are often nixed in the name of weight reduction to aid fuel economy or battery range. Eric Adams, Wired, "Hyundai's Luxury SUV Mixes Mics and Math for a Silent Ride," 23 Jan. 2020 Same solid drives, same high, metronomic dribble, same deadening retinue of mid-range Js. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "The Return, and Potential Returns, of the N.B.A.," 25 Oct. 2019 That’s also why the Marvel movies are, over all, deadening. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Twenty-Seven Best Movies of the Decade," 27 Nov. 2019 New carpet and sound deadening foams between engine and occupants locked out most noise, even driving in a soft-top Wrangler. Mark Phelan,, "Jeep Wrangler finally has a diesel engine: Here’s what’s great about it," 15 Nov. 2019 New carpet and sound deadening foams between engine and occupants locked out most noise, even driving in a soft-top Wrangler. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Jeep Wrangler finally has a diesel engine: Here's what's great about it," 12 Nov. 2019 Year after year, glum news about American schooling repeats with a deadening regularity. Matthew Ladner, National Review, "Arizona’s Success with Charter Schools Is a Model Other States Would Be Wise to Follow," 8 Nov. 2019 Although Leroux’s return to the pitch brought a boost of excitement for the Pride, it was quickly followed by a deadening equalizer from Sky Blue. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride cede late equalizer, draw Sky Blue FC as Sydney Leroux returns," 30 Sep. 2019 The sink itself was an inexpensive, stainless steel, single bowl unit, with sound deadening sprayed on the bottom. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "6 Best Garbage Disposals For Pulverizing Food," 25 Sep. 2019

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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 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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