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 Spoon the olive mixture over the insides of the tops of the rolls being sure to moisten the inside well. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Soup and a sandwich, the classic combo, becomes so much more with a warming hit of spice," 15 Feb. 2021 The first is to moisten the sponge and microwave it for a minute. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "The dirtiest thing in your kitchen is your sponge, with as much bacteria as your intestines," 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, "Vegetarian wontons are a delight to eat in this light, fragrant soup," 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,, "How to make the most of your Horn Barbecue trip," 11 Jan. 2021 Dip your finger into the water and moisten two contiguous edges. Washington Post, "Vegetarian wontons are a delight to eat in this light, fragrant soup," 20 Dec. 2020 Add the water to moisten the sugar, but do not stir. Washington Post, "This twist on the classic Linzer cookie adds gentle sweetness and texture with corn flour," 2 Dec. 2020 Add just a little milk at a time to moisten, the yellow food coloring, margarine, and salt and pepper. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Burns on glass-top stove aren’t there to stay," 18 Nov. 2020 Chop up giblets, using the water to moisten the bread mixture. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "This year, add something new to your Thanksgiving feast with these reader-submitted recipes," 17 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of moisten

1559, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Moisten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 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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