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English adjective: numb

1. numb lacking sensation


SamplesMy foot is asleep.
Numb with cold.


Synonymsasleep, benumbed


Similarinsensible


Antonymssensible, sensitive

2. numb (followed by `to') not showing human feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive


SamplesPassersby were dead to our plea for help.
Numb to the cries for mercy.


Synonymsdead


Similarinsensitive


Antonymssensitive

3. numb so frightened as to be unable to move; stunned or paralyzed with terror; petrified


SamplesToo numb with fear to move.


Similarafraid


Antonymsfearless, unafraid


English verb: numb

1. numb (perception) make numb or insensitive


SamplesThe shock numbed her senses.


ExamplesThe bad news will numb him, The performance is likely to numb Sue


Synonymsbenumb, blunt, dull


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)desensitise, desensitize









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