verb (used with object)
- to make numb; deprive of sensation: benumbed by cold.
- to render inactive; deaden or stupefy.
- to make numb or powerless; deaden physical feeling in, as by cold
- (usually passive) to make inactive; stupefy (the mind, senses, will, etc)
late 15c., from be- + numb. Originally of mental states; of the physical body from 1520s. Related: Benumbed; benumbing.