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English adjective: numb

1. numb lacking sensation

SamplesMy foot is asleep.
Numb with cold.

Synonymsasleep, benumbed


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.




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

SamplesToo numb with fear to move.


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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