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benumb

[ bih-nuhm ]
/ bɪˈnʌm /
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verb (used with object)

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

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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
be·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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British Dictionary definitions for benumb

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)
benumbingly, adverb
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