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

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 Rub the lime wedge around the rim of a rocks glass to moisten, then roll the rim in the salt. Amber Love Bond, Forbes, 28 June 2022 Your goal should be to moisten the top 6 inches of soil. Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune, 28 May 2022 Slightly moisten some premium potting soil (not soil from the garden), and put it in the bottom of the new container. Carol Stocker,, 22 May 2022 Tomorrow night: Skies turn mostly cloudy as the air mass continues to moisten. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Spritzing a saline mist into your nose can help moisten your nasal passages and clear out allergens that could be lurking in there, Dr. Tolliver says. Korin Miller,, 7 Feb. 2022 Use the grapefruit slice to moisten the rim of a rocks glass, then roll the rim into a mix of cinnamon and salt. New York Times, 11 Jan. 2022 Dab your finger into remaining egg white, then moisten and pat each mound to make them all as smooth and round as possible. Odette Williams, WSJ, 2 Feb. 2022 Consider changing the irrigation schedule to once a week, or twice a month; then run the system long enough to moisten the soil to 12 inches deep. oregonlive, 21 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of moisten

1559, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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3 Jul 2022

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“Moisten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of moisten

: to make damp

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