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deaden

[ ded-n ]
/ ˈdɛd n /
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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.

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Origin of deaden

First recorded in 1655–65; dead + -en1

OTHER WORDS FROM deaden

dead·en·er, nounun·dead·ened, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for deaden

deaden
/ (ˈdɛdən) /

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 forms of deaden

deadener, noundeadening, adjective
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