- 1desensitize somebody/something (to something) to make somebody/something less aware of something, especially a problem or something bad, by making them become used to it People are increasingly becoming desensitized to violence on television. Doctors and medical researchers have to become desensitised in order to do their jobs.
- 2desensitize somebody/something (specialist) to treat somebody/something so that they will stop being sensitive to physical or chemical changes, or to a particular substance There is no effective serum to desensitize people who are allergic to fleas.
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈsensətaɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈsensətaɪz//[usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they desensitize
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈsensətaɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈsensətaɪz//he / she / it desensitizes
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈsensətaɪzɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈsensətaɪzɪz//past simple desensitized
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈsensətaɪzd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈsensətaɪzd//past participle desensitized
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈsensətaɪzd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈsensətaɪzd//-ing form desensitizing
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈsensətaɪzɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈsensətaɪzɪŋ//