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

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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 The anodized exterior is nice and grippy, even when your hands are wet. Anthony Karcz, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Conditions on the Oregon coast may be wet all week. oregonlive, 6 June 2021 While the port is submersible, the adapter cannot be wet. John Christopher Fine, sun-sentinel.com, 4 June 2021 Just as water is wet, Céline Dion is one of the most unreal real celebrities known to mankind. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, 4 June 2021 Droughts are a part of life in California, where a Mediterranean-style climate means the summers are always dry and the winters are not always wet. Adam Beam, Star Tribune, 3 June 2021 Project Manager Jimmy Peavy of the Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority said planners feared full air conditioning would be too chilly for people who were going to be wet most of the time. al, 26 May 2021 When the lake sediment under Mexico City was still wet, its component particles of clay were arranged in a disorganized manner. Matt Simon, Wired, 17 May 2021 That’s the process where supervisors duplicate ballots that are wet, wrinkled or otherwise too damaged to run through voting machines. Lawrence Mower, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bottom line is that fleece will help keep your hands warm even when its wet. The Editors, Field & Stream, 2 Oct. 2019 The other thing to consider is that low rolling resistance usually means a smoother tire with few grooves — great for dry riding, but slippery in the wet. Bob Beacham, chicagotribune.com, 10 Apr. 2021 This cordless wet/dry vac even comes with a washable HEPA filter system that traps 99.97% of dust particles, according to the brand. Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Mar. 2021 When the rear end goes, even in the wet, the BRZ slides slowly and progressively. Car and Driver, 18 Nov. 2020 The Paul campaigns of 2008 and 2012 were a kind of joyous carnival uniting wet-behind-the-ears college kids and weirdo goldbugs alike. Kevin Mahnken, The New Republic, 2 Nov. 2020 The agency, in more or less continual crisis mode, is represented by Eric Ladin as flight director Chris Kraft, Patrick Fischler as Space Task Group Director Robert Gilruth and Jackson Pace as Glynn Lunney, just a kid wet behind the ears. cleveland, 9 Oct. 2020 Mix remaining ingredients in a separate bowl, folding into the wet. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 17 Sep. 2020 For best results, it should be watered in after application and then go through a normal wet-to-dry period. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 8 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There is a floating disk that makes sure your pet won’t wet their mouth and the edge strips will keep food and water in the bowls. Chris Hachey, BGR, 14 June 2021 But the rain will be spotty, and not everyone will get wet each day. Dallas News, 5 June 2021 That reminds us of something scary enough to wet the bed for real. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, 4 June 2021 First, wet the paper, shape it into a cube and coat it with the pill to create a sort of varnish. Washington Post, 2 June 2021 To shape the balls, wet your hands with cold water or oil. Adrian Spinelli, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 May 2021 Using your spray bottle, wet the entire coffee filter. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 11 Mar. 2021 That reminds us of something scary enough to wet the bed for real. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, 1 June 2021 To disinfect the sink basin, use a disinfectant spray ($3, Target) to thoroughly wet the surface. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 May 2021

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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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The first known use of wet was before the 12th century

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“Wet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wet. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for wet

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)
2 : rainy
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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