deafen

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Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA: /ˈdɛfən/

Verb[change]

Plain form
deafen

Third-person singular
deafens

Past tense
deafened

Past participle
deafened

Present participle
deafening

  1. (transitive) If a sound deafens you, it is so loud that it makes you lose your hearing.
    The flash temporarily blinded him, and he was deafened by the roar.
    He was suddenly awakened by a deafening crash.
  2. A deafening silence is failure to get a reply or reaction when one is needed or expected.
    My request for additional funds was met with a deafening silence.

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