- 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.
- to become dead.
Origin of deaden
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Related Wordsimpair, desensitize, abate, mute, reduce, smother, cushion, soften, hush, stupefy, check, weaken, paralyze, depress, deprive, slow, tire, injure, damp, repress
Examples from the Web for deaden
Are you talking about your battle with rheumatoid arthritis and the need to deaden the pain of it?Kathleen Turner's New Broadway High
April 17, 2011
Ought she not to hold it apart, and to shield it with her hand to deaden its brightness?Diderot and the Encyclopdists
Even concussion of the brain had failed to deaden the memory of that awful night.Quin
Alice Hegan Rice
A little lamp black will serve to deaden the color of the paint.Apple Growing
M. C. Burritt
It would cripple his energies, and deaden his desire for active employment.The Way of All Flesh
Into a labyrinth now my soul would fly, But with thy beauty will I deaden it.Endymion
- 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
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Word Origin and History for deaden
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