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[ verb ] quieten or silence (a sound) or make (an image) less visible

Used in print

(Gerald Green, The Heartless Light....)

During the night , a phone_company technician had deadened the bells and installed red blinkers on the phones .

Related terms

suppress hush smotherer

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[ verb ] make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible

Synonyms

dampen damp

Examples

"muffle the message"

Related terms

dampen damper

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[ verb ] make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation

Synonyms

blunt

Examples

"Terror blunted her feelings" "deaden a sound"

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[ verb ] lessen the momentum or velocity of

Examples

"deaden a ship's headway"

Related terms

retard

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[ verb ] make vapid or deprive of spirit

Examples

: "deadened wine"

Related terms

change

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[ verb ] cut a girdle around (a plant) so as to kill by interrupting the circulation of water and nutrients

Synonyms

girdle

Related terms

incise plant

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[ verb ] become lifeless, less lively, intense, or active; lose life, force, or vigor

Related terms

change stultification

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[ verb ] convert (metallic mercury) into a grey powder consisting of minute globules, as by shaking with chalk or fatty oil

Related terms

convert chemistry

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