wet

adjective
\ ˈwet How to pronounce wet (audio) \
wetter; wettest

Definition of wet

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : consisting of, containing, covered with, or soaked with liquid (such as water)
b of natural gas : containing appreciable quantities of readily condensable hydrocarbons
2 : rainy wet weather
3 : still moist enough to smudge or smear wet paint
4a : drunk sense 1a a wet driver
b : having or advocating a policy permitting the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages a wet county a wet candidate
5 : preserved in liquid
6 : employing or done by means of or in the presence of water or other liquid wet extraction of copper
7 : overly sentimental

8 British

a : lacking strength of character : weak, spineless
b : belonging to the moderate or liberal wing of the Conservative party
all wet
: completely wrong : in error
wet behind the ears

wet

noun

Definition of wet (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : water also : moisture, wetness
2 : rainy weather : rain
3 : an advocate of a policy of permitting the sale of intoxicating liquors
4 British : one who is wet

wet

verb
wet or wetted; wetting

Definition of wet (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to make wet
2 : to urinate in or on wet his pants

intransitive verb

1 : to become wet
2 : urinate
wet one's whistle
: to take a drink especially of liquor

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Other Words from wet

Adjective

wetly adverb
wetness noun

Verb

wetter \ ˈwe-​tər How to pronounce wetter (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for wet

Adjective

wet, damp, dank, moist, humid mean covered or more or less soaked with liquid. wet usually implies saturation but may suggest a covering of a surface with water or something (such as paint) not yet dry. slipped on the wet pavement damp implies a slight or moderate absorption and often connotes an unpleasant degree of moisture. clothes will mildew if stored in a damp place dank implies a more distinctly disagreeable or unwholesome dampness. a prisoner in a cold, dank cell moist applies to what is slightly damp or not felt as dry. treat the injury with moist heat humid applies to the presence of much water vapor in the air. a hot, humid climate

Examples of wet in a Sentence

Adjective

a pile of wet clothes Be careful not to slip on the wet floor. My hair is still wet. My shoes got wet when I stepped in the puddle. The grass was wet with dew. Don't touch the paint. It's still wet.

Noun

We stayed out in the wet all afternoon. winced as he walked out into the wet without any protection

Verb

I wet a sponge under the faucet. Avoid wetting the leaves when you water the plant. The morning dew had wet his shoes. The little boy accidentally wet his pants. I laughed so hard I almost wet myself.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Government employees worked to drain puddles of standing water with wet vacs. Baltimore Sun, baltimoresun.com, "Rains strand Washington drivers, flood White House basement," 8 July 2019 Adults have been given wet wipes to maintain personal hygiene. NBC News, "Meet the Press - July 7, 2019," 7 July 2019 The burnout was delayed by cool, wet weather Friday, public information officer Jacob Welsh said. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Hundreds of Fairbanks-area residents under precautionary wildfire evacuation alerts," 5 July 2019 No, Xica’s take on Dorilocos don’t require wet naps. Michael Russell, oregonlive.com, "Northwest Portland’s Xica Cantina brings Dorilocos indoors," 5 July 2019 Some were being given wet wipes to clean themselves. Nomaan Merchant, The Denver Post, "Government photos show detained migrants pleading for help," 2 July 2019 Two fountains under its cabin sprayed water in its path, and a gigantic cylindrical brush rotated behind it, scrubbing wet asphalt. Sophia Moskalenko, Vox, "I was a child of Chernobyl," 2 July 2019 The track’s surface also has been proposed as a factor, as have wet conditions on the track after years of drought. Elliott Almond, The Mercury News, "Racing in crisis: It’s not just Santa Anita. Horse deaths plague East Bay track and others around country," 29 June 2019 Last year's wet summer and snowy winter, along with this year's delayed spring and heavy rains, have ruined business for American grain farmers. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "American corn farmers are having their worst year in recent history," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The style has about an inch of dark roots, lash-grazing bangs, and the wet, almost stringy texture. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Camila Cabello Just Went Platinum Blonde," 9 July 2019 Castleshcouldt reportedly found a wet, nearly empty bag with a grey ashy substance inside it hidden behind Bahamonde's dresser before finding the same substance in a toilet bowl around the water line, court records show. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Conroe woman facing felony charges after allegedly flushing landlord's mother's remains down toilet," 2 July 2019 The theatre seats smelled a little wet, everyone humping their dripping coats over the chair in front. Emma Cline, The New Yorker, "Son of Friedman," 24 June 2019 The group removed 23,000 wet wipes from one stretch of the Thames foreshore in just two hours in March -- enough to fill 473 bin bags. Mark Tutton And Ed Scott-clarke, CNN, "How rivers became the plastic highway into the oceans," 24 June 2019 The nearby Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum is collecting wet wipes, hand sanitizer and water jugs for tenants. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "Poe Homes in West Baltimore still without full water access as proposed fixes fail," 22 June 2019 Two years ago, in Baltimore, a sewer overflow was blamed on a mass of oil, wet wipes and other garbage. Max Londberg, Cincinnati.com, "Winton Lake reopens after 'fatberg' clogs nearby sewage system, causing odor, discoloration," 8 June 2019 At April's MotoGP of the Americas in Austin, teams were faced with wet, dry and windy conditions on different days. Jonathan Hawkins, CNN, "The power behind Marc Marquez's MotoGP throne," 11 June 2019 Gooseberry, kiwi and other tropical fruits are followed by stone fruits, lime and wet-stone minerality in this 70/30 chardonnay-pinot noir blend. Michael Austin, The Seattle Times, "Trentodoc is the budget answer to Champagne you need to know," 11 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Berkley Gulp trout bait or live worms under a small bubble get them, as do wet flies and tiny spinners. Frank Sargeant, al.com, "Friday Fishing Report: Bass are biting at Lake Guntersville," 21 June 2019 An old man approached and started talking to the rat, tears wetting his face. Charlie Hamilton James, National Geographic, "How rats became an inescapable part of city living," 17 June 2019 Since May 29, the 4-year-old has been having nightmares and is wetting the bed, and Ames, whose car was impounded, has been limping and is without transportation to get to work, the claim stated. nola.com, "After a 4-year-old took doll from store, video shows Phoenix police pulling gun on parents," 16 June 2019 Harper and Ames say both their daughters are traumatized, and their 4-year-old has been having nightmares and wetting the bed since the incident. Christina Maxouris And Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Video shows police drawing gun on parents after 4-year-old daughter took a doll from a store," 15 June 2019 Reviewers recommend re-wetting every few hours or freezing the collar overnight for long days in the sun. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "This Dog Collar Can Protect Your Pooch From Heatstroke This Summer," 13 May 2019 Instead, the Mayo Clinic recommends wetting a soft washcloth with cool water and holding it against your irritated skin for 15 to 30 minutes for a soothing effect. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s Why Your Same Old Eye Makeup Is Suddenly Causing Irritation," 5 Oct. 2018 Engine fasteners, like head bolts or main cap bolts, are often specified to be torqued with 30-weight engine oil wetting the threads and washer. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use a Torque Wrench to Keep Your Car from Flying Apart," 26 Feb. 2019 This season, for example, viewers of You're the Worst saw a woman spit in her hand to wet herself before mounting a man. Whitney Friedlander, Marie Claire, "TV Sex Scenes Are Unrealistic. Rachel Bloom Wants to Change That," 1 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of wet

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for wet

Adjective

Middle English, partly from past participle of weten to wet & partly from Old English wǣt wet; akin to Old Norse vātr wet, Old English wæter water

Verb

Middle English weten, from Old English wǣtan, from wǣt, adjective

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wet

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of wet

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: covered or soaked with water or another liquid : not dry
: having a lot of rain
of paint, plaster, etc. : not yet dry : still moist or sticky

wet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wet (Entry 2 of 3)

British, informal + disapproving : a person who belongs to the Conservative Party and who has moderate or liberal ideas
: rainy weather

wet

verb

English Language Learners Definition of wet (Entry 3 of 3)

: to cause (something) to become wet
: to make (a bed or your clothes) wet by urinating

wet

adjective
\ ˈwet How to pronounce wet (audio) \
wetter; wettest

Kids Definition of wet

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : containing, covered with, or soaked with liquid (as water) a wet cloth
2 : rainy wet weather
3 : not yet dry wet paint

Other Words from wet

wetness noun

wet

verb
wet or wetted; wetting

Kids Definition of wet (Entry 2 of 3)

: to make wet Wet the cloth before wiping.

wet

noun

Kids Definition of wet (Entry 3 of 3)

: rainy weather : rain

wet

adjective
\ ˈwet How to pronounce wet (audio) \

Medical Definition of wet

: marked by the presence or abundance of fluid (as secretions or effusions) the wet form of age-related macular degeneration

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