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verb [transitive] blunt pronunciation in British English /blʌnt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleblunting
past tenseblunted
past participleblunted
  1. 1
    to make something less strong, less effective, or less important

    The years had not blunted his keen intelligence.

  2. 2
    to make something less pointed or sharp

    Ken had blunted the blade by scraping it on the rocks.



used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …

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the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives

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