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v. dead·ened, dead·en·ing, dead·ens
1. To render less intense, sensitive, or vigorous: a medication to deaden the pain; wall tiles that deaden the sound from the rehearsal studio.
2. To make soundproof.
3. To make less colorful or brilliant.
1. To become dead.
2. To lose vigor, brilliance, or liveliness.
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|Adj.||1.||deadened - devoid of physical sensation; numb; "his gums were dead from the novocain"; "she felt no discomfort as the dentist drilled her deadened tooth"; "a public desensitized by continuous television coverage of atrocities"|
insensitive - not responsive to physical stimuli; "insensitive to radiation"
|2.||deadened - made or become less intense; "the deadened pangs of hunger"|
dull - not keenly felt; "a dull throbbing"; "dull pain"
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