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tr.v. be·numbed, be·numb·ing, be·numbs
1. To make numb, especially by cold.
2. To render senseless or inactive, as from shock or boredom: The dull skit benumbed the audience.
[Middle English binomen, from past participle of binimen, to take away, from Old English beniman : be-, away; see be- + niman, to take; see numb.]
1. to make numb or powerless; deaden physical feeling in, as by cold
2. (usually passive) to make inactive; stupefy (the mind, senses, will, etc)
1. to make numb; deprive of sensation: benumbed by cold.
2. to render inactive; stupefy.
[1350–1400; back formation from Middle English benomen, past participle of benimen to take away, Old English beniman; see be-, numb]
Past participle: benumbed
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|Verb||1.||benumb - make numb or insensitive; "The shock numbed her senses"|
2. To dull the senses, as with a heavy blow, a shock, or fatigue:
Chiefly Regional: maze.