tr.v. be·numbed, be·numb·ing, be·numbs
1. To make numb, especially by cold.
2. To render senseless or inactive, as from shock or boredom: The dull skit benumbed the audience.
[Middle English binomen, from past participle of binimen, to take away, from Old English beniman : be-, away; see BE- + niman, to take; see NUMB.]
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