dampen

verb
damp·​en | \ ˈdam-pən How to pronounce dampen (audio) \
dampened; dampening\ ˈdamp-​niŋ How to pronounce dampen (audio) , ˈdam-​pə-​ \

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

intransitive verb

1 : to become damp
2 : to become deadened or depressed

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Other Words from dampen

dampener \ ˈdamp-​nər How to pronounce dampen (audio) , ˈdam-​pə-​ \ noun

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Use your iron’s spray feature to lightly dampen areas of fabric before passing the iron over them for smoother results. Jamie Kim, Good Housekeeping, "How to Iron a Shirt," 7 May 2021 Meanwhile, traditional pharmaceuticals tend to just target and dampen symptoms of PTSD. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, "Phase 3 Trial Shows Promising Results for MDMA-Assisted PTSD Therapy," 4 May 2021 Regardless of the model, the idea is to include bonds with your stocks to dampen volatility and increase income. Russ Wiles, USA TODAY, "Is it time to forget what you learned about investing in bonds?," 27 Oct. 2020 Regardless of the model, the idea is to include bonds with your stocks to dampen volatility and increase income. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, "Is it time to forget what you learned about investing in bonds?," 25 Oct. 2020 Merely feeling the soil surface can be deceiving; a light or brief rainfall may dampen the surface of the soil without delivering enough water to soak down to where plants’ roots can reach it. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Warm spring days, sporadic rain mean gardens might need extra watering in April," 25 Apr. 2021 But nothing could dampen the opportunity to hear live music, performed in real time, by superior artists whose instrumental mastery did not appear to be dulled one iota by the yearlong concert shutdown. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: La Jolla Music Society soars with outdoor concert by Inon Barnatan, Alisa Weilerstein, Philippe Quint," 12 Apr. 2021 Then, dampen a microfiber cloth to rinse off the excess soap. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "How to Clean Baseboards for Shining Floors," 6 Apr. 2021 Vaccine distribution hiccups could dampen prices, as could surges in COVID-19 variants. Sam Kemmis, USA TODAY, "Flight, hotel prices set to take off as more people get vaccinated against COVID-19," 1 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of dampen

1547, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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14 May 2021

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“Dampen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dampen. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for dampen

dampen

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dampen

: to make (something) somewhat or slightly wet : to make (something) damp
: to make (something) less strong or active

dampen

verb
damp·​en | \ ˈdam-pən How to pronounce dampen (audio) \
dampened; dampening

Kids Definition of dampen

1 : to make or become slightly wet Please dampen this washcloth.
2 : to make dull or less active A bad start didn't dampen our confidence.

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