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deafen

[def-uh n] /ˈdɛf ən/
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
1590-1600; deaf + -en1
Related forms
deafeningly, adverb
half-deafened, adjective
nondeafened, adjective
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  • Try some sciences that actually help mankind, not blind and deafen him to the truth.
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British Dictionary definitions for deafen

deafen

/ˈdɛfən/
verb
1.
(transitive) to make deaf, esp momentarily, as by a loud noise
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Word Origin and History for deafen
v.

1590s, "to make deaf," from deaf + -en (1). The earlier verb was simply deaf (mid-15c.). For "to become deaf, to grow deaf," Old English had adeafian (intransitive), which survived into Middle English 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 in Medicine

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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