adjective, deaf·er, deaf·est.
noun (used with a plural verb)
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If it’s clear that they’re only there to hear themselves or a privileged few speak, it’s probably also true that they are deaf to the concerns of the people they represent.Book recommendations from Fortune’s 40 under 40 in government and policy|Rachel King|September 10, 2020|Fortune
It shows the full face so people who are deaf or hard of hearing can better understand what the wearer is saying.
Apple worked with Washington-based Gallaudet University, which specializes in educating deaf and hard-of-hearing students, to chose which clear mask to use.
The company hopes to test the technology in patients paralyzed by spinal cord injuries and someday, Musk said, restore the hearing and sight of people who are deaf or blind.Neurologists aren’t so sure about Elon Musk’s Neuralink brain implant startup|dzanemorris|August 31, 2020|Fortune
If you ask agency execs and employees how marketers are managing that task, they’ll tell you that it’s a balancing act as marketers don’t want to appear “tone deaf” but they also don’t want to overdo it with messaging like the initial response ads.‘Implicitly rather than explicitly’: Advertisers no longer want to discuss the coronavirus|Kristina Monllos|July 20, 2020|Digiday
And in his view, they may be good at policy but have “a deaf ear when it comes to politics.”
Bowman claims that she told both her agent and an attorney about the incident, but her allegations fell on deaf ears.Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004|Marlow Stern|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A new reality series spotlights the extent people will go to impress a crush—from pretending to be deaf to committing theft.‘My Crazy Love’ Reveals the Craziest Lies People Tell for Love|Kevin Fallon|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Girma is a 26-year-old Harvard Law School graduate—and she is blind and deaf.
Deaf and hard of hearing who wanted to view it could not get access to the talk—it was ridiculous.
One deaf and the other with his head screwed on the right way.The Riddle of the Mysterious Light|Mary E. Hanshew
A Potawatamie, called the Deaf Chief, was present at the late council.Life of Tecumseh, and of His Brother the Prophet|Benjamin Drake
Even to music, the most persuasive of the arts, it was deaf.Young Lives|Richard Le Gallienne
The progress of the deaf mute in any language, even the most simply constructed, is greatly slower than that of the hearing child.
But Lingard was deaf to everything, to everybody, but Athena.Jane Oglander|Marie Belloc Lowndes
British Dictionary definitions for deaf
- partially or totally unable to hear
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the deaf See also tone-deaf
Derived forms of deafdeafly, adverbdeafness, noun
Word Origin for deaf
Medical definitions for deaf
Idioms and Phrases with deaf
In addition to the idiom beginning with deaf
- deaf as a post
- fall on deaf ears
- stone deaf
- turn a deaf ear