deafen

verb deaf·en \ ˈde-fən \

Definition of deafen

deafened; deafening play \-fə-niŋ, ˈdef-niŋ\
transitive verb
:to make deaf
  • was deafened by the explosion

Examples of deafen in a Sentence

  1. We were deafened by the explosion.

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First Known Use of deafen

1597


DEAFEN Defined for English Language Learners

deafen

verb

Definition of deafen for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone) unable to hear


DEAFEN Defined for Kids

deafen

verb deaf·en \ ˈde-fən \

Definition of deafen for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

deafen

verb deaf·en \ ˈdef-ən \

medical Definition of deafen

deafened; deafening play \-(ə-)niŋ\
transitive verb
:to make deaf
intransitive verb
:to cause deafness or stun one with noise

deafeningly

play \-(ə-)niŋ-lē\ adverb

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