numb

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numb / nəm/ • adj. deprived of the power of sensation: my feet were numb with cold | fig. the tragic events left us shocked and numb. • v. [tr.] deprive of feeling or responsiveness: the cold had numbed her senses. ∎  cause (a sensation) to be felt less intensely; deaden: vodka might numb the pain in my hand. DERIVATIVES: numb·ly adv. numb·ness n.