Definition of deaden
deadeningplay \ˈded-niŋ, ˈde-dən-iŋ\
1 : to impair in vigor or sensation : blunt deadened his enthusiasm deadened the pain
2a : to deprive of brillianceb : to make vapid or spiritless oxygen deadens winec : to make (something, such as a wall) impervious to sound
3 : to deprive of life : kill
: to become dead : lose life or vigor
deadenerplay \ˈded-nər, -dən-ər\ noun
deadeninglyplay \-niŋ-lē, -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 of deaden from the Web
But there was a deadening lack of surprise in how absolutely, how instantaneously –
Instead of limiting torque or deadening the steering to prevent or mask torque steer, Honda went for a mechanical solution.
The use of Toradol, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory most commonly used in hospitals after surgery to deaden the body to pain, is highlighted in both the Post’s story and the suit.
We are trained to be killing machines, deadening all emotion except anger.
His father threw away his acting talent to cash in on a lucrative but soul-deadening melodrama; his mother was a morphine addict who blamed herself for a toddler’s death; both of his sons committed suicide.
To shake off the deadening sameness of life beyond the Orange (County) Curtain, Breedlove worked on his race car after hours at the fire station.
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First Known Use of deaden
DEADEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of deaden for English Language Learners
: to make (something) weaker or less noticeable
DEADEN Defined for Kids
Definition of deaden for Students
: to take away some of the force of : make less Medicine will deaden the pain.
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