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 And, apparently the years of loud music with Bon Jovi have deadened his hearing to the sound of MA. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Congratulations to Marley’s Freedom," 7 July 2019 Epley’s accusers, two Portland physicians, testified that Epley was administering the nerve-deadening drugs recklessly, based on inadequate diagnostic testing. oregonlive, "Epley maneuver for vertigo was invented by Oregon doctor," 15 Oct. 2019 Cruel experience has deadened all three characters, and death keeps working its way into their conversations. Los Angeles Times, "Review: In Hamish Linklater’s ‘The Vandal,’ a bus-stop conversation builds poignant intrigue," 4 Oct. 2019 More expensive units may be enclosed in a cover filled with sound deadening insulation. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "6 Best Garbage Disposals For Pulverizing Food," 25 Sep. 2019 Theater that breaks the rules or brings together the incongruous has the potential to awaken us from those habits of perception that deaden us to experience. Los Angeles Times, "The best theater to see in L.A. this fall," 11 Sep. 2019 In the telling, the authors illustrate how technical details can enhance delight, rather than obfuscating or deadening it. Alyssa Rosenberg, Washington Post, "The poetry, prose and physics of baseball," 25 July 2019 But mired in strange, deadening anti-comedy and ticking by the minutes slowly, Harbour has proven, for now, only his ambition to try different sorts of acting. Daniel D'addario,, "‘Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein’ review: David Harbour’s talent exceeds this mockumentary," 17 July 2019 And so is the payoff — a huge building that enhances rather than deadens its surroundings. John King,, "Park-topped Transbay transit center pays architectural dividends, past troubles aside," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of deaden

1613, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Deaden.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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