Definition of dampen
- the heat dampened our spirits
- the shower barely dampened the ground
Dampen the spot with a wet cloth.
The shower barely dampened the ground.
We wouldn't let the bad weather dampen our excitement.
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: to make (something) somewhat or slightly wet : to make (something) damp
: to make (something) less strong or active
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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