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numb

numb

 
 
pronunciation:
nuhm
parts of speech:
adjective, transitive verb & intransitive verb
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: not able to feel physical sensation or move normally, esp. because of cold.
My feet are numb from standing outside in the cold.I just got out of the dentist, so my jaw is still numb.
synonyms:
unfeeling
antonyms:
sensitive
similar words:
asleep, frozen, insensitive
definition 2: not able to react or function normally, as when in a state of shock.
After his wife's death, he was numb with grief.
synonyms:
benumbed, dead, insensate
similar words:
dazed, insensible, senseless, stupid
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part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
inflections: numbed, numbing, numbs
definition: to cause to become numb, or to become numb.
The dentist numbed the area around my tooth before starting to drill.My tooth numbed after the shot.
synonyms:
benumb, deaden
antonyms:
sensitize
similar words:
anesthetize, dull, hebetate, paralyze, stun
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derivations: numbly (adv.), numbness (n.)
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  • numbness:
    the state of being numb.
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