Word forms: 3rd person singular present
, present participle desensitizing
, past tense , past participle desensitized
regional note: in BRIT, also use desensitise
things such as pain
, or other people's suffering
, means to cause them to react
less strongly to them.
...the language that is used to desensitize us to the terrible reality of war.
Your immune system has been desensitized because it has become used to the substance.
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