deafen

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compare Dutch verdoven (to stupefy, deafen), German betäuben (to stun, stupefy, deafen).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

deafen (third-person singular simple present deafens, present participle deafening, simple past and past participle deafened)

  1. To make deaf, either temporarily or permanently
  2. To make soundproof
    to deafen a wall or a floor
  3. (rare, dialectal) To stun (as with noise), also used figuratively.
    • Macaulav (1855)
      Racine left the ground.. deafened, dazzled and tired to death.

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