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Definition of blunt verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    blunt

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//blʌnt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//blʌnt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they blunt
    BrE BrE//blʌnt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//blʌnt//
     
    he / she / it blunts
    BrE BrE//blʌnts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//blʌnts//
     
    past simple blunted
    BrE BrE//ˈblʌntɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈblʌntɪd//
     
    past participle blunted
    BrE BrE//ˈblʌntɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈblʌntɪd//
     
    -ing form blunting
    BrE BrE//ˈblʌntɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈblʌntɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1blunt something to make something weaker or less effective Age hadn't blunted his passion for adventure. Living alone in the country had blunted her wits.
  2. 2blunt something to make a point or an edge less sharp
  3. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘dull, insensitive’): perhaps of Scandinavian origin and related to Old Norse blunda ‘shut the eyes’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: blunt

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