(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. benumb; muffle; damp.
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To reduce life or the evidence of life]
Syn. blunt, impair, dull, numb, desensitize, repress, slow, paralyze, anesthetize, drug, chloroform, gas, freeze, narcotize, etherize, put to sleep, make unfit, knock out, daze, benumb, incapacitate, depress, stupefy, stun, smother, stifle, suppress, frustrate, weaken, devitalize, injure, exhaust, tire, retard, knock stiff*, KO*, lay out*, dope*, put out of order*, take the edge off*; see also drug , weaken 2 .
Ant. animate*, revitalize, invigorate.
2. [To soften]
Syn. tone down, dim, muffle, mute, dull, dampen, cushion; see also decrease 2 , soften 2 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
dampen, dull, numb, muffle, mute, blunt, check, moderate, diminish, suppress, dim, tone down, stifle.
ANT.: amplify, enliven, turn up
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To render less sensitive: benumb, blunt, desensitize, dull, numb. Idiom: take the edge off. See AWARENESS. 2. To decrease or dull the sound of: dampen, muffle, mute, stifle. See INCREASE, SOUNDS.

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