moist·​en | \ ˈmȯi-sᵊn How to pronounce moisten (audio) \
moistened; moistening\ ˈmȯis-​niŋ How to pronounce moisten (audio) , ˈmȯi-​sᵊn-​iŋ \

Definition of moisten

intransitive verb

: to become moist

Other Words from moisten

moistener \ ˈmȯis-​nər How to pronounce moisten (audio) , ˈmȯi-​sᵊn-​ər \ noun

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Examples of moisten in a Sentence

Corn syrup can be used to moisten and flavor baked foods. The chemical reaction begins as soon as the powder is moistened.
Recent Examples on the Web Pulse 3 to 4 times until mixture is very finely chopped and holds together, adding 1 more tablespoon gravy if needed to moisten. People Staff,, 30 July 2022 Toss the flour gently, rather than stirring, to moisten it uniformly. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 July 2022 The goal is to moisten the soil eight inches or so below the surface; and even deeper for bigger plants, shrubs and trees. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 28 July 2022 Use only as much stock as is necessary to moisten the mixture. Emma Balter, Chron, 11 July 2022 Rub the lime wedge around the rim of a rocks glass to moisten, then roll the rim in the salt. Amber Love Bond, Forbes, 28 June 2022 Your goal should be to moisten the top 6 inches of soil. Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune, 28 May 2022 Slightly moisten some premium potting soil (not soil from the garden), and put it in the bottom of the new container. Carol Stocker,, 22 May 2022 Tomorrow night: Skies turn mostly cloudy as the air mass continues to moisten. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of moisten

1559, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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8 Aug 2022

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“Moisten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for moisten


moist·​en | \ ˈmȯi-sᵊn How to pronounce moisten (audio) \
moistened; moistening

Kids Definition of moisten

: to make damp

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