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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

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 Use a pastry brush or a spoon to generously moisten first layer with syrup. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "The Greatest New Year’s Menus on the Planet (at Least We Think So)," 26 Dec. 2018 Toss the salad with just enough dressing to moisten. House Beautiful, "Ina Garten's Cape Cod Chopped Salad," 6 Aug. 2010 Updraft: The rising of warm, moist air creates a low-pressure zone, pulling in more air from nearby areas, which also moistens and rises. Douglas Fox, Popular Mechanics, "How Do Hurricanes Form? Disaster Science Explained," 10 Sep. 2018 But if the air mass could moisten up and douse some of the flames, that would help. Matt Day, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s smoke is clearing. Now it’s up to rain and wind to finish the job," 27 Aug. 2018 Beat with a dough hook attached to a stand mixer, on low speed, until moistened. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Gingerbread Rolls," 7 Dec. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'moisten.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of moisten

1559, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about moisten

Dictionary Entries near moisten

moissanite

moist

moist color

moisten

moistful

moistify

moistish

Statistics for moisten

Last Updated

27 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for moisten

The first known use of moisten was in 1559

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for moisten

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on moisten

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for moisten

Spanish Central: Translation of moisten

Nglish: Translation of moisten for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of moisten for Arabic Speakers

Comments on moisten

What made you want to look up moisten? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to speak slightingly about or to degrade

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!