dampen

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for dampen

Synonyms

bedew, damp, moisten

Antonyms

dry

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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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But the lawmakers who sponsored the plan, Sen. Heather Steans and Rep. Kelly Cassidy, both Chicago Democrats, have dampened that prediction, lowering estimates to $58 million in the first year and $500 million annually within five years. NBC News, "Illinois becomes 11th state to allow recreational marijuana," 25 June 2019 But Cassidy and Steans have dampened that prediction, lowering estimates to $58 million in the first year and $500 million annually within five years. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Illinois becomes 11th state to legalize recreational pot," 25 June 2019 The injury dampens an otherwise triumphant first half of the year for Cejudo, who became the fourth simultaneous two-division champ in UFC history by adding the bantamweight belt to his flyweight holding. Steven Marrocco, azcentral, "MMA: UFC champion Henry Cejudo undergoes shoulder surgery, out for rest of year," 20 June 2019 Next, a microfiber cloth is dampened in slightly soapy water to wipe the interior and exterior clean, taking care not to saturate the material. Luzanne Otte, Town & Country, "Patricia Altschul's Very Specific Guide to Traveling in Style," 18 May 2019 In the realistic model of the cortex, however, internal noise was effectively dampened. Jennifer Ouellette, Quanta Magazine, "A Math Theory for Why People Hallucinate," 30 July 2018 However, the researchers’ projections are dampening state officials’ relief over Friday’s Kansas Supreme Court ruling that state public school spending will be sufficient under a new education funding law. Washington Post, "Kansas faces future budget woes even with a revenue surplus," 18 June 2019 Such caveats have not dampened Georgia’s enthusiasm for toll lanes. David Wickert, ajc, "Are toll lanes really the answer to Atlanta’s traffic mess?," 17 June 2019 Yet, the scenery could not dampen our desire to be a witness of this special time. Jerry Shnay, Daily Southtown, "Shnay: Bad spring ends on high note," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of dampen

1547, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of dampen was in 1547

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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 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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