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

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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 Use a hose to water at the base of trees and shrubs that were planted while balled and burlapped to thoroughly moisten the root balls during the first one or two years of establishment. Tim Johnson,, 15 May 2021 Spoon the olive mixture over the insides of the tops of the rolls being sure to moisten the inside well. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 15 Feb. 2021 The first is to moisten the sponge and microwave it for a minute. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 13 Feb. 2021 Roll the spine edge up and over once, then moisten the two points on each side, bring them together, and pinch to seal. Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2020 Justin’s turkey sandwiches featured black pepper bacon, a good counterpoint to the mild turkey, and mashed avocado to moisten the whole package. Soleil Ho,, 11 Jan. 2021 Dip your finger into the water and moisten two contiguous edges. Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2020 Add the water to moisten the sugar, but do not stir. Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2020 Add just a little milk at a time to moisten, the yellow food coloring, margarine, and salt and pepper. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of moisten

1559, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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28 May 2021

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“Moisten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of moisten

: to make (something) slightly wet : to make (something) moist
: to become slightly wet


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

Kids Definition of moisten

: to make damp

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