desensitise

verb
1. cause not to be sensitive
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The war desensitized many soldiers

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The photographic plate was desensitized

Syn: ↑desensitize
Ant: ↑sensitise, ↑sensitize (for: ↑desensitize)
Derivationally related forms: ↑desensitisation, ↑desensitization (for: ↑desensitize)
Hypernyms: ↑change, ↑alter, ↑modify
Hyponyms:
numb, ↑benumb, ↑blunt, ↑dull, ↑stun, ↑bedaze, ↑daze, ↑besot, ↑stupefy, ↑deafen, ↑deaf
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s somebody

2. make insensitive
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His military training desensitized him

Syn: ↑desensitize
Ant: ↑sensitize (for: ↑desensitize)
Derivationally related forms: ↑desensitisation, ↑desensitization (for: ↑desensitize)
Hypernyms: ↑change, ↑alter, ↑modify
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s somebody

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Something ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody PP


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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