adj. dull, blunt; obtuse v. turn obtuse; make dull; blunt; soften

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  • Hebetate — Heb e*tate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hebetated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hebetating}.] [L. hebetatus, p. p. of hebetare to dull. See {Hebete}.] To render obtuse; to dull; to blunt; to stupefy; as, to hebetate the intellectual faculties. Southey [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hebetate — Heb e*tate, a. 1. Obtuse; dull. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) Having a dull or blunt and soft point. Gray. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hebetate — [heb′i tāt΄] vt., vi. hebetated, hebetating [< L hebetatus, pp. of hebetare, to make blunt or dull < hebes, blunt, dull] to make or become dull in feeling, spirit, etc. adj. Bot. having a blunt point, as certain leaves hebetation n …   English World dictionary

  • hebetate — transitive verb ( tated; tating) Etymology: Latin hebetatus, past participle of hebetare, from hebet , hebes dull Date: 1574 to make dull or obtuse • hebetation noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hebetate — hebetation, n. hebetative, adj. /heb i tayt /, v.t., hebetated, hebetating. to make dull or blunt. [1565 75; < L hebetatus made dull or blunt (ptp. of hebetare), equiv. to hebet (s. of hebes) blunt, dull + atus ATE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • hebetate — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To make or become less keen or responsive: dim, dull, stupefy. See AWARENESS …   English dictionary for students

  • hebetate — I. v. a. Dull, blunt, stupefy, benumb, make torpid. II. a. Dull, torpid, stupid, stupefied, obtuse, sluggish …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • hebetate — heb·e·tate …   English syllables

  • hebetate — heb•e•tate [[t]ˈhɛb ɪˌteɪt[/t]] v. t. tat•ed, tat•ing to make dull or blunt • Etymology: 1565–75; < L hebetātus, ptp. of hebetāre to make blunt, der. of hebes, s. hebet blunt, dull heb e•ta′tion, n. heb′e•ta tive, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • hebetate — [c]/ˈhɛbəteɪt/ (say hebuhtayt) verb (hebetated, hebetating) –verb (t) 1. to make dull or blunt. –verb (i) 2. to become blunt or dull. –adjective 3. Botany having a blunt, soft point, as awns. {Latin hebetātus, past participle, blunted, dulled}… …  

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