dampen

verb damp·en \ ˈdam-pən \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of dampen

dampened; dampening play \ˈdamp-niŋ, ˈdam-pə-\
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

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.

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First Known Use of dampen

1547



DAMPEN Defined for English Language Learners

dampen

verb

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

dampen

verb damp·en \ ˈdam-pən \

Definition of dampen for Students

dampened; dampening
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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