transitive verb Etymology: Middle English benomen, from benomen, past participle of benimen to deprive, from Old English beniman, from be- + niman to take — more at nimble Date: 14th century 1. to make inactive ; deaden 2. to make numb especially by cold

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  • Benumb — Be*numb , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Benumbed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Benumbing}.] [OE. binomen, p. p. of binimen to take away, AS. beniman; pref. be + niman to take. See {Numb}, a., and cf. {Benim}.] To make torpid; to deprive of sensation or sensibility;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • benumb — (v.) late 15c., from BE (Cf. be ) + NUMB (Cf. numb). Originally of mental states; of the physical body from 1520s. Related: Benumbed; benumbing …   Etymology dictionary

  • benumb — *daze, stun, bemuse, stupefy, paralyze, petrify Analogous words: chill, freeze (see corresponding adjectives at COLD): congeal (see COAGULATE): dumbfound, confound, nonplus, bewilder (see PUZZLE) Contrasted words: rouse, arouse, *stir, rally:… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • benumb — [bē num′, binum′] vt. [< ME binumen, pp. of binimen, to take away < OE beniman < be , BE + niman, to take (see NOMY); b by analogy with DUMB] 1. to make numb physically 2. to deaden the mind, will, or feelings of [my mind was benumbed by …   English World dictionary

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  • benumb — benumbedness /bi numd nis, num id /, n. benumbingly, adv. benumbment, n. /bi num /, v.t. 1. to make numb; deprive of sensation: benumbed by cold. 2. to render inactive; deaden or stupefy. [1350 1400; back formation from ME benomen, ptp. of… …   Universalium

  • benumb — verb a) To make numb, as by cold or anesthetic. b) To deaden …   Wiktionary

  • benumb — Synonyms and related words: KO, abate, allay, alleviate, anesthetize, appease, assuage, bedaze, bemuse, besot, bite, blunt, chill, chloroform, coldcock, cushion, cut, deaden, deaden the pain, desensitize, diminish, dope, drug, dull, ease, ease… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • benumb — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. dull, numb, stupefy, paralyze; see deaden 1 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb 1. To render less sensitive: blunt, deaden, desensitize, dull, numb. Idiom: take the edge off. See AWARENESS. 2. To dull the senses, as with a… …   English dictionary for students

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