deaden

[ded-n]

verb (used with object)

to make less sensitive, active, energetic, or forcible; weaken: to deaden sound; to deaden the senses; to deaden the force of a blow.
to lessen the velocity of; retard: to deaden the headway of a ship.
to make impervious to sound, as a floor.

verb (used without object)

to become dead.

Nearby words

  1. dead-tree,
  2. deadbeat,
  3. deadbeat dad,
  4. deadbolt,
  5. deadboy,
  6. deadening,
  7. deadeye,
  8. deadfall,
  9. deadhead,
  10. deadlight

Origin of deaden

First recorded in 1655–65; dead + -en1

Related formsdead·en·er, nounun·dead·ened, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for deaden

deaden

verb

to make or become less sensitive, intense, lively, etc; damp or be damped down; dull
(tr) to make acoustically less resonanthe deadened the room with heavy curtains
Derived Formsdeadener, noundeadening, adjective

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Word Origin and History for deaden

deaden

v.

1660s "deprive of or diminish (some quality)," from dead (adj.) + -en (1). Earlier the verb was simply dead. Related: Deadened; deadening.

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