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
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.
O’Reilly's break with Fox News,and the big promotional platform the network afforded him to promote his other ventures, does not appear to have dampened book sales.
Asked Tuesday whether her meetings with senior officials from India and China this week signaled a pivot away from Germany's old ally in Washington, Merkel sought to dampen speculation of a major rift.
A drenching downpour at a muddy construction site in Sammamish did little to dampen the spirits of two future homeowners working on the foundations of what will be their new subsidized cottage homes in one of the Eastside’s priciest communities.
Rain and dreary weather dampened spirits in much of the Midwest and East on Sunday.
The assessment of the current economic situation has also dampened, falling to 12.2 in May from 17.6 in April.
The real task for schools is to cultivate that and not to dampen it.
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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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