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Definition of "benumb" [be•numb]

  • To make numb, especially by cold. (verb-transitive)
  • To make inactive; dull: "The anesthetic afternoon benumbs, sickens our senses” ( Karl Shapiro). See Synonyms at daze. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "benumb" in a sentence
  • "By my dictionary definition, to stupefy means to "overwhelm with amazement, astound, astonish"; "to stun, as with strong emotions, to benumb the faculties of as in 'put in to a stupor'.""
  • "When I felt that cursed wheel pass across my breast, when I felt the pistol-ball benumb my arm, I felt no more agitation than at the bounce of a champagne-cork."
  • "Wonderful power to benumb possesses this brother. —"