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

1 sense of numb

Sense 1
numb, benumb, blunt, dull -- (make numb or insensitive; "The shock numbed her senses")
       => desensitize, desensitise -- (cause not to be sensitive; "The war desensitized many soldiers"; "The photographic plate was desensitized")

Antonyms of adj numb

3 senses of numb

Sense 1
asleep (predicate), benumbed, numb -- (lacking sensation; "my foot is asleep"; "numb with cold")

INDIRECT (VIA insensible) -> sensible, sensitive -- (able to feel or perceive; "even amoeba are sensible creatures"; "the more sensible parts of the skin")

Sense 2
dead (predicate), numb (predicate) -- ((followed by `to') not showing human feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive; "passersby were dead to our plea for help"; "numb to the cries for mercy")

INDIRECT (VIA insensitive) -> sensitive -- (being susceptible to the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others; "sensitive to the local community and its needs")

Sense 3
numb -- (so frightened as to be unable to move; stunned or paralyzed with terror; petrified; "too numb with fear to move")

INDIRECT (VIA afraid) -> unafraid, fearless -- (oblivious of dangers or perils or calmly resolute in facing them)

Similarity of adj numb

3 senses of numb

Sense 1
asleep (predicate), benumbed, numb -- (lacking sensation; "my foot is asleep"; "numb with cold")
       => insensible (vs. sensible) -- (incapable of physical sensation; "insensible to pain"; "insensible earth")

Sense 2
dead (predicate), numb (predicate) -- ((followed by `to') not showing human feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive; "passersby were dead to our plea for help"; "numb to the cries for mercy")
       => insensitive (vs. sensitive) -- (deficient in human sensibility; not mentally or morally sensitive; "insensitive to the needs of the patients")

Sense 3
numb -- (so frightened as to be unable to move; stunned or paralyzed with terror; petrified; "too numb with fear to move")
       => afraid (predicate) (vs. unafraid) -- (filled with fear or apprehension; "afraid even to turn his head"; "suddenly looked afraid"; "afraid for his life"; "afraid of snakes"; "afraid to ask questions")

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