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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dampener \ ˈdamp-​nər How to pronounce dampener (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 Even the coronavirus which forced the celebration this year into a virtual one, could not dampen the spirit of the company who for four years has found themselves on the receiving end of numerous awards from the TAB. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Bridgeland honored at TAB awards with Best Overall Community STAR award," 31 July 2020 On the bright side, there’s not much in the way of storm risk to dampen any celebrations. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: A hot and humid Independence Day, with a similar story to follow," 4 July 2020 Not even a global pandemic can dampen that enthusiasm. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "How the coronavirus has changed how families travel," 5 June 2020 The large and constantly increasing supply of Dogecoin has a tendency to dampen the price action of speculators. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "TikTok traders are pumping joke cryptocurrency Dogecoin—and the price is up 95%," 9 July 2020 However, since the air is relatively dry, rain and storms are not forecast to dampen any Independence Day weekend festivities. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Get ready for a heat wave over the Fourth of July weekend," 3 July 2020 That's why not even a drive-thru ceremony can dampen the joy of being here to stay. Steve Hartman, CBS News, "Drive-thru ceremonies for new American citizens amid pandemic," 3 July 2020 The jump is a worrisome sign as the state has seen a recent increase in coronavirus cases, which could ultimately dampen economic growth. Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan unemployment claims spike, a troubling sign as coronavirus cases increase," 2 July 2020 Arizona made sure of that by using its transition tag on Drake in March to dampen his appeal in free agency, and Drake signed the transition tender on March 21. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Kenyan Drake touts Arizona Cardinals’ prospects for 2020 NFL season," 2 July 2020

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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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“Dampen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dampen. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dampen

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


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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