moist·en | \ˈmȯi-sᵊn \
moistened; moistening\ˈmȯis-niŋ, ˈmȯi-sᵊn-iŋ \

Definition of moisten 

intransitive verb

: to become moist

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moistener \ˈmȯis-nər, ˈmȯi-sᵊn-ər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for moisten


bedew, damp, dampen



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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.

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Move it around the trunk so the whole root ball is moistened. Beth Botts,, "What does scorching heat mean for trees and plants?," 3 July 2018 These organic cotton bags from Vejibag are moistened before filled and stowed to help keep veggies, even kale, fresh and crisp all week long. Mandy Ferreira, Sunset, "9 Things You Can Do to Stop Ocean Plastic Pollution," 22 Jan. 2018 The warm vapor rising from the bowl can also moisten and loosen dried mucus. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "Fact or Fiction?: Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever," 3 Jan. 2014 Carefully spoon in the espresso over the cereal just to moisten. 4. Fox News, "Justin Warner is cooking with Post Dream Cereals," 30 June 2018 Pulse the machine, or use a fork to gently moisten the flour until the mixture gathers into a ball. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Warm cheese meets fresh herbs in a happy springtime marriage," 19 June 2018 The secret to a good wrap is to moisten the tortilla with a spread or oil. Linda Gassenheimer, miamiherald, "An avocado, roast beef wrap perfect for mom | Miami Herald," 7 May 2018 Using a wooden or silicone spatula moistened with water, gently spread rice as thinly as possible. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "4 recipes from now-closed Terra in St. Helena," 11 June 2018 Slightly moisten hands with cold water and form level teaspoons of dough into balls. Florence Steinberger, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mimouna sweets, a Moroccan tradition, herald the end of Passover," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of moisten

1559, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of moisten was in 1559

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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 \
moistened; moistening

Kids Definition of moisten

: to make damp

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