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verb (used with object)
  1. to make less sensitive, active, energetic, or forcible; weaken: to deaden sound; to deaden the senses; to deaden the force of a blow.
  2. to lessen the velocity of; retard: to deaden the headway of a ship.
  3. to make impervious to sound, as a floor.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to become dead.
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Origin of deaden

First recorded in 1655–65; dead + -en1
Related formsdead·en·er, nounun·dead·ened, adjective


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Related Words

impair, desensitize, abate, mute, reduce, smother, cushion, soften, hush, stupefy, check, weaken, paralyze, depress, deprive, slow, tire, injure, damp, repress

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  • Ought she not to hold it apart, and to shield it with her hand to deaden its brightness?

  • Even concussion of the brain had failed to deaden the memory of that awful night.


    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.

  • Into a labyrinth now my soul would fly, But with thy beauty will I deaden it.


    John Keats

British Dictionary definitions for deaden


  1. to make or become less sensitive, intense, lively, etc; damp or be damped down; dull
  2. (tr) to make acoustically less resonanthe deadened the room with heavy curtains
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Derived Formsdeadener, noundeadening, adjective
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Word Origin and History for deaden


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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