benumb[bē num′, bi-]
- to make numb physically
- to deaden the mind, will, or feelings of: my mind was benumbed by grief
Origin: < ME binumen, pp. of binimen, to take away < OE beniman < be-, be- + niman, to take (see -nomy); -b by analogy with dumb
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transitive verb be·numbed, be·numb·ing, be·numbs
- To make numb, especially by cold.
- To make inactive; dull: “The anesthetic afternoon benumbs, sickens our senses” (Karl Shapiro). See Synonyms at daze.
Origin: Middle English binomen, from past participle of binimen, to take away, from Old English beniman : be-, away; see be- + niman, to take; see numb.
- be·numbˈment noun