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deafen

[ def-uhn ]
/ ˈdɛf ən /
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verb (used with object)
to make deaf: The accident deafened him for life.
to stun or overwhelm with noise: The pounding of the machines deafened us.
Obsolete. to render (a sound) inaudible, especially by a louder sound.
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Origin of deafen

First recorded in 1590–1600; deaf + -en1

OTHER WORDS FROM deafen

deaf·en·ing·ly, adverbhalf-deafened, adjectivenon·deaf·ened, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for deafen

deafen
/ (ˈdɛfən) /

verb
(tr) to make deaf, esp momentarily, as by a loud noise
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Medical definitions for deafen

deafen
[ dĕfən ]

v.
To make deaf, especially momentarily by a loud noise.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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