1. [ verb ] quieten or silence (a sound) or make (an image) less visible
Synonyms: stifle smother damp tone_down muffle repress mute strangle dampen
Related terms: suppress hush smotherer
2. [ verb ] make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible
Synonyms: dampen damp

"muffle the message"

Related terms: dampen damper
3. [ verb ] make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation
Synonyms: blunt

"Terror blunted her feelings" "deaden a sound"

Related terms: enliven change dampen petrify obtund stultification
4. [ verb ] lessen the momentum or velocity of

"deaden a ship's headway"

Related terms: retard
5. [ verb ] make vapid or deprive of spirit

: "deadened wine"

Related terms: change
6. [ 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
7. [ verb ] become lifeless, less lively, intense, or active; lose life, force, or vigor
Related terms: change stultification
8. [ verb ] convert (metallic mercury) into a grey powder consisting of minute globules, as by shaking with chalk or fatty oil
Related terms: convert chemistry
Similar spelling:   detain