Meaning of “numb” in the English Dictionary

"numb" in British English

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uk /nʌm/ us /nʌm/

If a part of your body is numb, you are unable to feel it, usually for a short time:

I was lying in a weird position and my leg went 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.

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numbverb [ T ]

uk /nʌm/ us /nʌm/

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.
adverb uk /ˈnʌ us /ˈnʌ

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

"numb" in American English

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numbadjective [ -er/-est only ]

us /nʌm/

(of a part of the body) unable to feel anything:

My fingers are so cold, they’re numb.

If you are numb with a strong emotion, you are not able to feel anything else or to think clearly:

At the sound of breaking glass, she went numb with fear.
noun [ U ] us /ˈnʌm·nəs/

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