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"numb" in British English

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numbadjective

uk   us   /nʌm/
If a ​part of ​yourbody is numb, you are ​unable to ​feel it, usually for a ​shorttime: I was ​lying in a ​weirdposition and my ​leg went numb. My ​fingers were numb withcold. not ​able to ​feel any ​emotions or to ​thinkclearly, because you are so ​shocked or ​frightened, etc.: When she first ​heard the ​news, she was numb withdisbelief. Ever since his ​girlfriendleft him he has felt numb.

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Unable to feel anything
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numbverb [T]

uk   us   /nʌm/
to make something or someone ​feel numb: The ​extremecold numbed her ​face and ​hands. The ​children are still numbed by ​their father's ​death.
numbly
adverb uk   us   /-li/
(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 ​strongemotion, you are not ​able to ​feel anything ​else or to ​thinkclearly: At the ​sound of ​breakingglass, she went numb with ​fear.
numbness
noun [U]  us   /ˈnʌm·nəs/
(Definition of numb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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