deafen

[def-uhn]
verb (used with object)
1.
to make deaf: The accident deafened him for life.
2.
to stun or overwhelm with noise: The pounding of the machines deafened us.
3.
deaden ( def 3 ).
4.
Obsolete. to render (a sound) inaudible, especially by a louder sound.

Origin:
1590–1600; deaf + -en1

deafeningly, adverb
half-deafened, adjective
nondeafened, adjective
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deafen (ˈdɛfən)
 
vb
(tr) to make deaf, esp momentarily, as by a loud noise

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deafen
1590s, "to make deaf," from deaf. The earlier verb was simply deaf (mid-15c.). For "to become deaf, to grow deaf," O.E. had adeafian (intrans.), which survived into M.E. as deave but then took on a transitive sense from mid-14c. and sank from use except in dialects (where it
mostly has transitive and figurative senses), leaving English without an intransitive verb here.
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deafen deaf·en (děf'ən)
v. deaf·ened, deaf·en·ing, deaf·ens
To make deaf, especially momentarily by a loud noise.

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Try some sciences that actually help mankind, not blind and deafen him to the truth.
The cheering was perfectly deafen, ng, and was prolonged from that time ou almost without cessation.
So many workmen are employed that the din of the hammers was deafen ing.
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