Benumb meaning

bĭ-nŭm
To make numb, especially by cold.
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To make numb physically.
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To make numb, as by cold or anesthetic.
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To deaden.
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To render senseless or inactive, as from shock or boredom.

The dull skit benumbed the audience.

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To deaden the mind, will, or feelings of.

My mind was benumbed by grief.

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Origin of benumb

  • Middle English binomen from past participle of binimen to take away from Old English beniman be- away be– niman to take numb

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • be- +‎ numb

    From Wiktionary