moisten

verb
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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Other Words from moisten

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for moisten

Synonyms

bedew, damp, dampen

Antonyms

dry

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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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When handled with care, mayonnaise is a delicious enhancer of flavor, a sauce that moistens and elevates all kinds of cuisines. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "In Defense of Mayonnaise," 4 July 2019 In a large bowl, stir together the cookie crumbs and melted butter until the crumbs are evenly moistened. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Old-fashioned icebox pies are easy and delicious," 4 June 2019 The remaining sauce may be added, as needed, to moisten the pasta. Daniel Neman, Twin Cities, "Make dinner in a snap with these rotisserie chicken recipes," 6 June 2019 If needed, moisten the edges with a little water to help the pastry edges seal, but do not make the edges wet. Roxanne Wyss, kansascity, "For Olathe cook, these pierogies are a holiday treat. But you can make them any time," 4 June 2019 Add 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cream, cheese, and pimento, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Judy Walker, NOLA.com, "Pimento cheese sandwich, casserole, spread recipes: Variations are endless," 22 May 2018 Each paint-stripper manufacturer recommends a specific neutralizer, which could range from a mild acidic solution to a quick wipe with a clean cloth moistened with paint thinner. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Safely Remove Paint," 25 Jan. 2019 Stir in currants and caraway seeds, then buttermilk until flour is evenly moistened. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Soda Bread," 6 Feb. 2019 Cover with second layer of sponge, and moisten generously with remaining syrup. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "The Greatest New Year’s Menus on the Planet (at Least We Think So)," 26 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of moisten

1559, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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moisten

verb

English Language Learners Definition of moisten

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

moisten

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

Kids Definition of moisten

: to make damp

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