If you're deaf, you can't hear or have extremely limited hearing abilities. Many people who are deaf communicate using sign language.

Some people are born deaf, while others lose their hearing later in life because of illness or injury. People who have been deaf their whole lives and are actively involved with the deaf community consider deafness a "difference in experience," not a disability. When someone accuses you of being "deaf to" their argument, they mean that you are refusing to pay attention or listen. Until the 18th century, deaf was pronounced so it rhymed with beef.

Definitions of deaf
  1. noun
    people who have severe hearing impairments
    “many of the deaf use sign language”
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    type of:
    (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively
  2. adjective
    lacking or deprived of the sense of hearing wholly or in part
    deaf-and-dumb, deaf-mute
    lacking the sense of hearing and the ability to speak
    caused to hear poorly or not at all
    hard-of-hearing, hearing-impaired
    having a hearing loss
    deaf as a post, profoundly deaf, stone-deaf, unhearing
    totally deaf; unable to hear anything
    unable to appreciate music
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    able to perceive sound
    quick-eared, sharp-eared
    having keen hearing
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  3. adjective
    (usually followed by `to') unwilling or refusing to pay heed
    deaf to her warnings”
    synonyms: indifferent
    heedless, unheeding
    marked by or paying little heed or attention
  4. verb
    make or render deaf
    synonyms: deafen
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    type of:
    desensitise, desensitize
    cause not to be sensitive
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