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stupefy

stu·pe·fy

stupefy

 
pronunciation:
stu p faI
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: stupefied, stupefies, stupefying
definition 1: to put into a daze or stupor, as with heat or drugs.
The boring lecture stupefied us.
similar words:
befuddle, intoxicate, muddle
definition 2: to astound or bedazzle.
We were stupefied by his amazing tricks on the trapeze.
similar words:
astound, bedazzle, stagger, stun
derivation: stupefyingly (adv.)
Word Parts
The word stupefy contains the following part:
-fy, -ify, -efy Latin verb-forming suffix that means make, cause to be, become
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The suffix group -fy , -ify , -efy forms verbs from primarily Latin bases. When -ify attaches to an English base, the base is an adjective (uglify , Frenchify ) or noun (citify , zombify) usually having one syllable or two syllables ending in |i|. Verbs ending in -fy have corresponding noun forms ending in -ion: as a rule, -ify becomes -ification (verify , verification); -efy becomes -efaction (putrefy , putrefaction). See also fac, fic, fec, fact, fect.