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Definition of deaden verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    deaden somethingVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they deaden
    he / she / it deadens
    past simple deadened
    -ing form deadening
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  1. 1to make something such as a sound, a feeling, etc., less strong synonym dull
  2. 2 He was given drugs to deaden the pain. The wood paneling in the rooms deadened any noise from outside.
adjective [only before noun] the deadening effect of alcohol on your reactions
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: deaden