Deaden - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈdedn|  American pronunciation of the word deaden
Brit.  |ˈdɛd(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word deaden

verb

- make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible (syn: damp, dampen)
- cut a girdle around so as to kill by interrupting the circulation of water and nutrients (syn: girdle)
- make vapid or deprive of spirit
- lessen the momentum or velocity of
- become lifeless, less lively, intense, or active; lose life, force, or vigor
- make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation(syn: blunt)
- convert (metallic mercury) into a grey powder consisting of minute globules, as by shaking with chalk or fatty oil

Examples

He took aspirin to deaden the pain.

The new insulation will help to deaden the noise from the street outside.

Numerous problems deadened his enthusiasm.

You can deaden the noise of the machines with rubber mats.

Too many rules might deaden creativity.

He tries to still, or at least to deaden, the undying pain of his spirit.

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: deaden
he/she/it: deadens
present participle: deadening
past tense: deadened
past participle: deadened
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