Antonyms of verb deaden

1 of 7 senses of deaden

Sense 6
deaden, blunt -- (make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation; "Terror blunted her feelings"; "deaden a sound")
       Antonym of enliven (Sense 2)
      => enliven, liven, liven up, invigorate, animate -- (make lively; "let's liven up this room a bit")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb deaden

7 senses of deaden

Sense 1
dampen, deaden, damp -- (make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible; "muffle the message")
       => dampen, damp, soften, weaken, break -- (lessen in force or effect; "soften a shock"; "break a fall")

Sense 2
girdle, deaden -- (cut a girdle around so as to kill by interrupting the circulation of water and nutrients; "girdle the plant")
       => incise -- (make an incision into by carving or cutting)

Sense 3
deaden -- (make vapid or deprive of spirit; "deadened wine")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Sense 4
deaden -- (lessen the momentum or velocity of; "deaden a ship's headway")
       => retard -- (cause to move more slowly or operate at a slower rate; "This drug will retard your heart rate")

Sense 5
deaden -- (become lifeless, less lively, intense, or active; lose life, force, or vigor)
       => change -- (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night")

Sense 6
deaden, blunt -- (make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation; "Terror blunted her feelings"; "deaden a sound")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Sense 7
deaden -- (convert (metallic mercury) into a grey powder consisting of minute globules, as by shaking with chalk or fatty oil)
       => convert -- (change the nature, purpose, or function of something; "convert lead into gold"; "convert hotels into jails"; "convert slaves to laborers")

Antonyms of adj deadened

2 senses of deadened

Sense 1
dead, deadened -- (devoid of physical sensation; numb; "his gums were dead from the novocain"; "she felt no discomfort as the dentist drilled her deadened tooth"; "a public desensitized by continuous television coverage of atrocities")

INDIRECT (VIA insensitive) -> sensitive -- (responsive to physical stimuli; "a mimosa's leaves are sensitive to touch"; "a sensitive voltmeter"; "sensitive skin"; "sensitive to light")

Sense 2
deadened -- (made or become less intense; "the deadened pangs of hunger")

INDIRECT (VIA dull) -> sharp -- (keenly and painfully felt; as if caused by a sharp edge or point; "a sharp pain"; "sharp winds")

Similarity of adj deadened

2 senses of deadened

Sense 1
dead, deadened -- (devoid of physical sensation; numb; "his gums were dead from the novocain"; "she felt no discomfort as the dentist drilled her deadened tooth"; "a public desensitized by continuous television coverage of atrocities")
       => insensitive (vs. sensitive) -- (not responsive to physical stimuli; "insensitive to radiation")

Sense 2
deadened -- (made or become less intense; "the deadened pangs of hunger")
       => dull (vs. sharp) -- (not keenly felt; "a dull throbbing"; "dull pain")

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