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adjective deaf pronunciation in British English /def/
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  1. not able to hear anything, or not able to hear very well. Many deaf people wear a hearing aid to help them hear. Deaf people often use their hands to communicate in sign language, and many can lip-read what other people are saying
    totally/partially deaf:

    She’s been totally deaf since birth.

    profoundly deaf (=completely deaf):

    He has specialist training in working with profoundly deaf students.

    deaf in:

    I’m a little deaf in one ear.

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 deaf pronunciation in British English noun [uncountable]


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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