Definition of dampen
dampeningplay \ˈdamp-niŋ, ˈdam-pə-\
dampenerplay \-nər\ noun
Examples of dampen in a Sentence
Dampen the spot with a wet cloth.
The shower barely dampened the ground.
We wouldn't let the bad weather dampen our excitement.
Recent Examples of dampen from the Web
Use a spray bottle or a wet sponge to dampen the skin along your temples.
McConnell is a shrewd legislator who likely knows that extending the debate around health care is likely to hurt his party and dampen the chances of passing a tax-reform plan later in the year.
These crossings simulate the way a signal from one neuron to another in the brain can be intensified or dampened based on the strength of the connection.
The USGA will look hard at the forecast and try to set up holes to dampen, not exacerbate, the effect of wind that can blow as hard as 30 mph.
His decision to place primary responsibility for economic policy in the hands of two other Republicans further dampened any residual revanchism on the right.
A slowing Chinese economy wouldn’t dampen Chinese consumers’ desire to travel and Ctrip will likely benefit as consumers become more affluent, Ms. Sun said at The Wall Street Journal’s D.Live Asia conference in Hong Kong on Friday.
Faced with dire financial circumstances during the Spanish recession that started in 2008, Barcelona transit officials opted to borrow more money rather than cut service that could dampen ridership in the long-term.
The fact that companies are still struggling to address basic mentoring challenges can dampen the hope of addressing the more nuanced mentoring issues around, say, race, gender, or generational differences.
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First Known Use of dampen
DAMPEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dampen for English Language Learners
: to make (something) somewhat or slightly wet : to make (something) damp
: to make (something) less strong or active
DAMPEN Defined for Kids
Definition of dampen for Students
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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