- to make numb or powerless; deaden physical feeling in, as by cold
- (usually passive) to make inactive; stupefy (the mind, senses, will, etc)
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- to make numb; deprive of sensation:benumbed by cold.
- to render inactive;
deaden or stupefy.
- 1350–1400; back formation from Middle English benomen, past participle of benimen to take away, Old English beniman; cognate with Dutch benemen, German benehmen, Gothic biniman. See be-, nimble, numb