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

     

    desensitize

     verb
    (British English also -ise) verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
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