benumb

[ bih-nuhm ]
/ bɪˈnʌm /

verb (used with object)

to make numb; deprive of sensation: benumbed by cold.
to render inactive; deaden or stupefy.

Origin of benumb

1350–1400; back formation from Middle English benomen, past participle of benimen to take away, Old English beniman; cognate with Dutch benemen, German benehmen, Gothic biniman. See be-, nimble, numb
Related formsbe·numbed·ness [bih-nuhmd-nis, -nuhm-id-] /bɪˈnʌmd nɪs, -ˈnʌm ɪd-/, nounbe·numb·ing·ly, adverbbe·numb·ment, nounun·be·numbed, adjective
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benumb

/ (bɪˈnʌm) /

verb (tr)

to make numb or powerless; deaden physical feeling in, as by cold
(usually passive) to make inactive; stupefy (the mind, senses, will, etc)
Derived Formsbenumbingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for benumb

benumb


v.

late 15c., from be- + numb. Originally of mental states; of the physical body from 1520s. Related: Benumbed; benumbing.

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