• (verb-transitive): To make deaf, especially momentarily by a loud noise.
  • (verb-transitive): To make soundproof.
  • (verb-intransitive): To cause permanent or momentary deafness.

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  • (verb): make soundproof; "deafen a room"
  • (verb): make or render deaf; "a deafening noise"
  • (verb): be unbearably loud; "a deafening noise"

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Example Sentences

  • It was incredible and made me ponder what it would have been like in pre-colonial days when flocks of birds could effectively block the sun out or the sound of hundreds of thousands (more?) birds nesting could deafen a person ...

  • I am also hoping to see acceptance of sound suppressors in the U.S. so we don't have to deafen ourselves or our dogs.

  • And then I take a deep breath; deafen myself to the whining, blind myself to the mess and gather up my kids and our things.

  • As for the suburban commuters who in their road rage deafen us with their horns and shrieking brakes, clog our streets, pollute our air and regularly kill us, they vote elsewhere.

  • The silence is your canvas, that's your frame, that's what you work on; don't try and deafen it out.

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