deaf·​en | \ ˈde-fən How to pronounce deafen (audio) \
deafened; deafening\ ˈde-​fə-​niŋ How to pronounce deafening (audio) , ˈdef-​niŋ \

Definition of deafen

transitive verb

: to make deaf was deafened by the explosion

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Examples of deafen in a Sentence

We were deafened by the explosion.

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The uncomfortable silence at PwC seemed deafening to Ryan. Jon Chesto,, "PwC chief makes diversity an ongoing mantra," 12 June 2019 It wasn’t manufactured or forced: a deafening urge to the team to survive, a tribute to what made the building great and a plea for one more outing. Ann Killion,, "The end of Oracle? Raptors stun Warriors in perhaps final game in Oakland," 7 June 2019 But, however deafening the atmosphere was before, it was turned up to the maximum with half an hour remaining., "Portugal 1-0 Netherlands: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Hosts Secure Inaugural Nations League Glory," 9 June 2019 But until then, much like a A Quiet Place, the silence is deafening! Morgan Baila,, "Is It Just Me, Or Are The Kardashians Really Quiet Right Now?," 25 June 2018 The Golden State lead grew to 36 points after back-to-back 3-pointers by Thompson that drew deafening cheers from the home crowd. William Guillory,, "Warriors blast Pelicans in Game 1 after record-breaking first half," 28 Apr. 2018 The feedback at one show just about deafens the audience, so Fender jumps on stage and pulls a screwdriver out of his belt. David Kirby, WSJ, "‘The Birth of Loud’ Review: Constructive Feedback," 17 Jan. 2019 The president often uses the service to seed threats and falsehoods into the world — falsehoods that are then picked up and amplified by supporters and critics alike, ricocheting to deafening effect across the news. Farhad Manjoo, New York Times, "Employee Uprisings Sweep Many Tech Companies. Not Twitter.," 4 July 2018 While in jail, Earn witnesses the brutal beating of a mentally ill detainee in deafening silence. Michelle Ofiwe, Esquire, "How Donald Glover Changed the Way Black Stories Are Told on Television," 10 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of deafen

1597, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of deafen

: to make (someone) unable to hear


deaf·​en | \ ˈde-fən How to pronounce deafen (audio) \
deafened; deafening

Kids Definition of deafen

: to make unable to hear We were deafened by the explosion.


deaf·​en | \ ˈdef-ən How to pronounce deafen (audio) \
deafened; deafening\ -​(ə-​)niŋ How to pronounce deafening (audio) \

Medical Definition of deafen

transitive verb

: to make deaf

intransitive verb

: to cause deafness or stun one with noise

Other Words from deafen

deafeningly \ -​(ə-​)niŋ-​lē How to pronounce deafeningly (audio) \ adverb

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