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

Definition of moisten

intransitive verb

: to become moist

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moistener \ ˈmȯis-​nər How to pronounce moistener (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 Pour all ingredients over peanuts and stir to combine and moisten peanuts. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "These Cheerwine Boiled Peanuts Will Be Your New Favorite Snack," 24 June 2020 To thoroughly moisten a potted rootball, submerge it in water until bubbles stop rising, or for a maximum of 20 minutes. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Tips for successfully transplanting potted plants," 25 Apr. 2020 Prepare glass by moistening the rim with the lime wedge and run the moistened area of the glass in the rimming salt combination. Dallas News, "Dallas mobile mixologist launches cocktail e-book featuring quarantine-themed drinks," 24 Apr. 2020 Staff is asking that residents seal their envelope using a glue stick, or by lightly moistening the flap with tap water. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Early voting: Where you can still cast a ballot in-person before the April 7 election in the Milwaukee area," 31 Mar. 2020 Snow not only moistens the soil but also keeps the soil cooler. Gary Garth And Matt Every, Outdoor Life, "12 Tips for Finding More Morel Mushrooms This Spring," 3 Apr. 2019 But before paper or plastic goes down, the soil must be moistened. Margaret Roach, New York Times, "The Easier Way to Make a Garden Bed," 24 Apr. 2020 Place your seed trays on drain pans and moisten soil gently. oregonlive, "Now is the time to start a veggie garden from seeds; here’s how," 10 Apr. 2020 This contacts’ storage solution moistens the contacts with lubricants that are like tears, which makes the contacts comfortable to wear all day. Sara Hendricks, USA TODAY, "11 clever ways to spend your FSA money before you lose it," 11 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of moisten

1559, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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2 Jul 2020

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“Moisten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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