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dampen

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verb damp·en \ˈdam-pən\

Simple Definition of dampen

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

  • : to make (something) less strong or active

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dampen

dampeneddampening play \ˈdamp-niŋ, ˈdam-pə-\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to check or diminish the activity or vigor of :  deaden <the heat dampened our spirits>

  3. 2 :  to make damp <the shower barely dampened the ground>

  4. 3 :  damp 1c

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to become damp

  7. 2 :  to become deadened or depressed

dampener play \-nər\ noun

Examples of dampen in a sentence

  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.



1547

First Known Use of dampen

1547


DAMPEN Defined for Kids

dampen

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verb damp·en \ˈdam-pən\

Definition of dampen for Students

dampeneddampening

  1. 1 :  to make or become slighty wet <Please dampen this washcloth.>

  2. 2 :  to make dull or less active <A bad start didn't dampen our confidence.>





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