desensitizes, desensitizing, desensitized
To desensitize someone means to cause them to react less strongly to things such as pain, anxiety, or other people's suffering.

[V n to n] ...the language that is used to desensitize us to the terrible reality of war...

[be V-ed] Your immune system has been desensitized because it has become used to the substance. [Also V n]

(in BRIT, also use desensitise)

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • desensitize — v. t. to rendered insensitive or less sensitive. Opposite of {sensitize}. Syn: deaden. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • desensitize — index drug, obtund Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • desensitize — 1904; see DE (Cf. de ) do the opposite of + sensitize (see SENSITIVE (Cf. sensitive)). Originally of photography development; psychological sense is first recorded 1935. Related: Desensitized; desensitizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • desensitize — (Amer.) de·sen·si·tize || ‚diː sensɪtaɪz v. make less sensitive or reactive; cause to be less sensitive (also desensitise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • desensitize — [v] dull anesthetize, benumb, deaden, make inactive, make less sensitive, numb, render insensible; concepts 130,240 …   New thesaurus

  • desensitize — (also desensitise) ► VERB 1) make less sensitive. 2) make indifferent to cruelty or suffering. DERIVATIVES desensitization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • desensitize — [dē sen′sə tīz΄] vt. desensitized, desensitizing 1. to take away the sensitivity of; make less sensitive 2. to make (a photographic plate or film) less sensitive to light 3. Med. to make (a person, animal, or tissue) nonreactive or nonallergic to …   English World dictionary

  • desensitize — v. (D; tr.) to desensitize to (to desensitize smb. to suffering) * * * [diː sensɪtaɪz] (D; tr.) to desensitize to (to desensitize smb. to suffer ing) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • desensitize — UK [diːˈsensətaɪz] / US [dɪˈsensəˌtaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms desensitize : present tense I/you/we/they desensitize he/she/it desensitizes present participle desensitizing past tense desensitized past participle desensitized to make… …   English dictionary

  • desensitize — de|sen|si|tize also desensitise BrE [di:ˈsensıtaız] v [T] to make someone react less strongly to something by making them become used to it desensitize sb to sth ▪ Does TV desensitize people to violence? >desensitization [di:ˌsensıtaıˈzeıʃən… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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