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numb

adjective uk   /nʌm/ us  
If a part of your body is numb, you are unable to feel it, usually for a short time: I had been lying awkwardly and my leg had gone numb. My fingers were numb with cold. not able to feel any emotions or to think clearly, because you are so shocked or frightened, etc.: When she first heard the news, she was numb with disbelief. Ever since his girlfriend left him he has felt numb.

numb

verb [T] uk   /nʌm/ us  
to make something or someone feel numb: The extreme cold numbed her face and hands. The children are still numbed by their father's death.
numbly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
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