Meaning of “deaf” in the English Dictionary

"deaf" in British English

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deafadjective

uk /def/ us /def/

B1 unable to hear, either completely or partly:

He's been totally/partially deaf since birth.

disapproving unwilling to listen:

The local council has remained deaf to all the objections to its proposals.

More examples

  • Her father's going deaf.
  • She's deaf in her left ear.
  • She is deaf, but refuses to let her disability prevent her from doing what she wants to do.
  • "Didn't you realize she was deaf?" "Of course I did."
  • He's been deaf and dumb since birth.
deafness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈdef.nəs/ us /ˈdef.nəs/

deafnoun [ plural ]

uk /def/ us /def/
the deaf

people who are unable to hear:

Many of the TV programmes are broadcast with subtitles for the deaf.

(Definition of “deaf” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"deaf" in American English

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deafadjective

us /def/

unable to hear:

She’s becoming increasingly deaf.

(Definition of “deaf” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)