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be•numb  (bi num),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to make numb; deprive of sensation:benumbed by cold.
  2. to render inactive;
    deaden or stupefy.
be•numbed•ness  (bi num),USA pronunciation n.  be•numbing•ly, adv. 
be•numbment, n. 
  • 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

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benumb /bɪˈnʌm/ vb (transitive)
  1. to make numb or powerless; deaden physical feeling in, as by cold
  2. (usually passive) to make inactive; stupefy (the mind, senses, will, etc)

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