from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make less intense; dull or deaden.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To reduce the edge or effects of; to mitigate; to dull.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To reduce the edge, pungency, or violent action of; to dull; to blunt; to deaden; to quell.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To dull; blunt; quell; deaden; reduce the pungency or violent action of anything.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. reduce the edge or violence of
Middle English obtunden, from Latin obtundere : ob-, against; see ob- + tundere, to beat.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin obtundere ("to dull", "deaden", "deafen"), from ob- + tundere (Wiktionary)