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Definition of deaf adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (deafer, deafest)
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  1. 1unable to hear anything or unable to hear very well to become/go deaf She was born deaf. partially deaf see also stone deaf, tone-deaf
  2. 2the deaf noun [plural] people who cannot hear television subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  3. 3[not before noun] deaf to something not willing to listen or pay attention to something He was deaf to my requests for help.
  4. Idioms
    (as) deaf as a post (informal)
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    very deaf
    fall on deaf ears
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    to be ignored or not noticed by other people Her advice fell on deaf ears.
    turn a deaf ear (to somebody/something)
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    to ignore or refuse to listen to someone or something He turned a deaf ear to the rumors.
noun [uncountable]
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: deaf