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NUMB

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does numb mean? 

NUMB (adjective)
  The adjective NUMB has 3 senses:

1. lacking sensation
2. (followed by 'to') not showing human feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive
3. so frightened as to be unable to move; stunned or paralyzed with terror

  Familiarity information: NUMB used as an adjective is uncommon.


NUMB (verb)
  The verb NUMB has 1 sense:

1. make numb or insensitive

  Familiarity information: NUMB used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


NUMB (adjective)


Sense 1numb [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking sensation

Synonyms:

benumbed; numb; asleep

Context examples:

my foot is asleep / numb with cold

Similar:

insensible (incapable of physical sensation)


Sense 2numb [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(followed by 'to') not showing human feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive

Synonyms:

numb; dead

Context examples:

passersby were dead to our plea for help / numb to the cries for mercy

Similar:

insensitive (deficient in human sensibility; not mentally or morally sensitive)


Sense 3numb [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

So frightened as to be unable to move; stunned or paralyzed with terror

Synonyms:

petrified; numb

Context examples:

petrified with fear / she was petrified by the eerie sound / too numb with fear to move

Similar:

afraid (filled with fear or apprehension)


NUMB (verb)


Sense 1numb [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make numb or insensitive

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

benumb; numb; blunt; dull

Context example:

The shock numbed her senses

Hypernyms (to "numb" is one way to...):

desensitise; desensitize (cause not to be sensitive)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence examples:

The bad news will numb him
The performance is likely to numb Sue


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