desensitize

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desensitize (someone or something) to (something)

To lessen the effect that someone or something has on someone or something. I doubt I'll ever be desensitized to my father's disapproving comments about my work. This special toothpaste should desensitize to your teeth to cold beverages.
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desensitize someone to something

to make someone less sensitive to something. The doctor wanted to desensitize the allergic child to pollen. I took injections to desensitize me to house dust.
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