dampen


damp·en

verb \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

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