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stupefy

verb

  1. (de-sensitize)  to make dull or stupid, or muddle with drunkenness or infatuation
    Synonyms: besot. Type of: de-sensitize
  2. (confuse)  to be a mystery or bewildering to
    Synonyms: amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, dumfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify,...
  3. (immobilize)  to make senseless or dizzy by, or as if by, a blow
    Synonyms: stun. Type of: immobilize

Etymology summary

(implied in past participle stupefact), from Middle French stupéfier, from Latin...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

stupefy | stupefier [noun, derived]

to render insensitive or lethargic | to confuse or astound (9 of 306 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/stupefy

Merriam-Webster:

stupefy | stupefied [past tense] | stupefying [present participle] | astonish [synonym, sense-specific] | astound [synonym, sense-specific] | amaze [synonym, sense-specific] | bowl over [synonym, sense-specific] | dumbfound [synonym, sense-specific] | flabbergast [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to make stupid, groggy, or insensible | "astonish", "astound" (8 of 114 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/stupefy

Oxford Dictionary:

stupefy | stupefied [past tense] | stupefying [present participle] | stupefies [3rd-person singular present] | stupefier [derived] | stupefyingly [derived]

make (someone) unable to think or feel properly | astonish and shock (11 of 96 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/stupefy

American Heritage Dictionary:

stupefy | stupefied [past tense] | stupefying [present participle] | stupefies [3rd-person singular present] | stupefier [noun, related] | stupefyingly [adverb, related]

To dull the senses or faculties of. | To amaze; astonish. (10 of 48 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/stupefy

Random House Dictionary:

stupefy | stupefied [past tense] | stupefying [present participle]

to put into a state of little or no sensibility; benumb the faculties of; put into a stupor. | to stun, as with a narcotic, a shock, or a strong ... (29 of 47 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/stupefy

New World Dictionary:

stupefy | stupefied [past tense] | stupefying [present participle] | stupefier [noun, related]

to bring into a state of stupor; stun; make dull or lethargic | to astound, amaze, or bewilder (17 of 43 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/stupefy

Cambridge Dictionary:

stupefy [entry 1] | stupefaction [noun, formal, derived] | stupefied [adjective, derived] | stupefying [adjective, derived] | stupefyingly [adverb, derived]

to make someone tired and unable to think clearly (9 of 34 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/stupefy 1

stupefy [entry 2] | stupefaction [noun, formal, derived] | stupefied [adjective, derived] | stupefying [adjective, derived] | stupefyingly [adverb, derived]

to surprise or shock someone very much (7 of 32 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/stupefy 2

Wiktionary:

stupefy | stupefied [past tense] | stupefying [present participle] | stupefies [3rd-person singular present]

To dull the senses or capacity to think thereby reducing responsiveness; to dazzle. (13 of 17 words, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/stupefy

Encarta Dictionary:

stupefy | stupefied [past tense] | stupefying [present participle] | stupefies [3rd-person singular present]

to amaze or astonish somebody | to make somebody unable to think clearly because of boredom, tiredness, or amazement (18 of 65 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861716333​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

stupefy

First use: 1510s

Origin: (implied in past participle stupefact), from Middle French stupéfier, from Latin stupefacere "make stupid or senseless", from ... (18 of 24 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=stupefy

Wiktionary:

stupefy | stupefied [past tense] | stupefying [present participle] | stupefies [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Ultimately from Latin stupefaciō ("strike dumb, stun with amazement, stupefy"), from stupeō ("I am stunned, speechless") (English stupid, stupor) + faciō ("do, make").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/stupefy

American Heritage Dictionary:

stupefy | stupefied [past tense] | stupefying [present participle] | stupefies [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English stupefien, from Old French stupefier, from Latin stupefacere: stupēre, to be stunned + facere, to make; see "fact".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/stupefy

Merriam-Webster:

stupefy | stupefied [past tense] | stupefying [present participle]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English stupifien, modification of Latin stupefacere, from stupēre to be astonished + facere to make, do

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/stupefy

New World Dictionary:

stupefy | stupefied [past tense] | stupefying [present participle]

Origin: French stupéfier from Latin stupefacere from stupere, to be stunned (see "stupid") + facere, to make, "do"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/stupefy

Oxford Dictionary:

stupefy | stupefied [past tense] | stupefying [present participle] | stupefies [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: late Middle English: from French stupéfier, from Latin stupefacere, from stupere "be struck senseless"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/stupefy

Collins Dictionary:

stupefy

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Old French stupefier, from Latin stupefacere; see stupefacient

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/stupefy

Encarta Dictionary:

stupefy | stupefied [past tense] | stupefying [present participle] | stupefies [3rd-person singular present]

First use: 15th century

Origin: French stupéfier from Latin stupefacere from stupere "be stunned" + facere "make"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861716333​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

stupefy

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "stupefy"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

stupefy [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "stupefy"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "stupefy"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/stupefy 1

the Free Dictionary:

stupefy

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "stupefy"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "stupefy" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

stupefy | stupefied [past tense] | stupefying [present participle] | stupefies [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "stupefy"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

stupefy

Audio: North American pronunciation of "stupefy"

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YourDictionary Audio:

stupefy

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "stupefy" by speech synthesizer

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