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dampen

verb damp·en \ˈdam-pən\

: to make (something) somewhat or slightly wet : to make (something) damp

: to make (something) less strong or active

damp·eneddamp·en·ing \ˈdamp-niŋ, ˈdam-pə-\

Full Definition of DAMPEN

transitive verb
1
:  to check or diminish the activity or vigor of :  deaden <the heat dampened our spirits>
2
:  to make damp <the shower barely dampened the ground>
3
:  damp 1c
intransitive verb
1
:  to become damp
2
:  to become deadened or depressed
damp·en·er \-nər\ noun

Examples of DAMPEN

  1. Dampen the spot with a wet cloth.
  2. The shower barely dampened the ground.
  3. We wouldn't let the bad weather dampen our excitement.

First Known Use of DAMPEN

1547
DAMPENED Defined for Kids

dampen

verb damp·en \ˈdam-pən\
damp·eneddamp·en·ing

Definition of DAMPEN for Kids

1
:  to make or become slighty wet <Please dampen this washcloth.>
2
:  to make dull or less active <A bad start didn't dampen our confidence.>

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