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

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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 Apple also suggests cleaning the titanium card by wiping it with a microfiber cloth that has been moistened with isopropyl alcohol. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "Apple warns not to keep its credit card by leather. Or denim. Or loose change.," 22 Aug. 2019 Off heat, gently stir in 3 cups bread until completely moistened and evenly distributed. Washington Post, "A summer tomato gratin with bright flavor and no mush," 29 July 2019 Add the flour to the pan and stir until the vegetables are evenly coated and all the flour is moistened with the butter., "Wednesday Recipe: Cast-Iron Chicken Pot Pie," 28 Aug. 2019 If recently shrubs and trees planted within the last two or three years wilt in the drought, run the hose at the plants’ base for an hour or more to moisten the root ball every two weeks until the rains start. Calvin Finch,, "Fall blooms to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your San Antonio garden," 13 Sep. 2019 Lightly moisten your hands; use them to gently roll one portion of the dough into an oval shape. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Your cup of coffee and these simple almond biscotti make a perfect match," 11 Sep. 2019 Whisk the banana mixture into the large bowl of dry ingredients until just moistened. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Nina Compton shares her signature recipes," 3 Aug. 2019 That lofted vapor moistens the atmosphere spiking dew points near and downwind of the cornfields. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, ""Corn sweat" makes heat wave even more dangerous," 22 July 2019 Fill a number of small pots with a loose soil mix and thoroughly moisten. Tom Maccubbin,, "It’s a puzzle figuring out when to pick avocados," 6 July 2019

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First Known Use of moisten

1559, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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6 Nov 2019

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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 How to pronounce moisten (audio) \
moistened; moistening

Kids Definition of moisten

: to make damp

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