Deaf meaning

dĕf
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The definition of deaf is someone who cannot hear, or someone who chooses not to hear or absorb certain information.

If you are unable to hear, this is an example of a time when you are described as deaf.

If you are unwilling to hear any explanations, this is an example of a time when you are deaf to all explanations.

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Unable to hear, or only partially able to hear.
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Deaf people considered as a group. Used with the.
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The community of deaf people who use American Sign Language as a primary means of communication. Used with the.
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Deaf people considered as a group.
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Unwilling to listen or be persuaded; determinedly inattentive; regardless.

Those people are deaf to reason.

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The community of deaf people who use American Sign Language as a primary means of communication. Used with the.
noun
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Of or relating to the Deaf or their culture.
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Of or relating to the culture surrounding deaf users of sign languages.
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Unwilling or refusing to listen; heedless.

Was deaf to our objections.

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Physiologically unable to hear, totally or partially.
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(obsolete) To deafen.

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Partially or completely lacking in the sense of hearing.
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Unwilling to hear or listen; giving no heed.

Deaf to her pleas.

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Partially or completely lacking in the sense of hearing.
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Of or relating to the Deaf or their culture.
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Deaf people considered as a group. Used with the.
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Obscurely heard; stifled; deadened.
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the deaf
  • people who are deaf
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the deaf

Origin of deaf

  • Middle English def, deef from Old English dēaf

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

  • From Old English dēaf, from Proto-Germanic *daubaz.

    From Wiktionary

  • From deaf.

    From Wiktionary