wet

adjective
\ ˈwet \
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 \ 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

In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil, maple syrup, honey, and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together until combined. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "3 Easy Summer Campfire Recipes Your Entire Family Will Enjoy," 22 June 2018 In a separate bowl, whisk the wet ingredients together. Jesse Sparks, Bon Appetit, "These Extra-Corny Cornbread Muffins Are No Joke," 21 June 2018 And while the forecast calls for less rain over the next two weeks, the overall rainy season forecast is expected to be wetter than normal. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Massive and toxic algae bloom threatens Florida coasts with another lost summer," 29 June 2018 But the creek was flooded, and the bridge was burned out except for four steel girders that were wet from mist and shaking from the thundering water. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "A Rattle with Death in Yosemite," 20 June 2018 However, air quality issues prevented the Fire Department from starting Tuesday's burn until 10:30 a.m. The grass was too wet to begin the burns two weeks ago, as the fire department had initially planned. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "After delay, Sacramento continues controlled burns to ward off 'catastrophic' fires," 19 June 2018 Those days were wet and the course was damp, however, so Woods didn’t get a true taste for the place. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "With his yacht Privacy nearby, Tiger peacefully seeks to get putter going for U.S. Open," 12 June 2018 March was wetter than normal (1.89 inches, a half inch above normal), while April was a little drier (.99 inches, below the norm of 1.23 inches). Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "Storm inundated Boise neighborhood Wednesday night. Is another soggy weekend ahead? | Idaho Statesman," 17 May 2018 Some of the dancers — and Ms. Swift as well — were wet from the onstage fountain. New York Times, "Taylor Swift Begins Her ‘Reputation’ Tour, Taking on Foes and Her Old Self," 9 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

It’s easier to detangle your hair in the shower when your hair is full of conditioner and wet. Lara Adekola, Teen Vogue, "How to Grow Your Natural Hair," 2 Jan. 2019 Kirkeminde grew up about a six-hour drive from here, in Knoxville, with a quick stint in Central Florida that did nothing to dull his Jack Daniels, Dollywood, you-want-that-barbecue-wet-or-dry? Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Inside FedEx’s Christmas Miracle," 19 Dec. 2018 The company claims its fibers stay put through rain, wind, and sweat, which makes sense since keratin is an inert substance, unlike the talc in GLH, which can turn into a gloppy mess when wet. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "How spray-on hair does (and doesn’t) work," 17 Dec. 2018 Christian told police the child had wet himself after the father dropped him off, and gave him a bath. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Chicago mom tried to drown son, 3, days after posting online that he had died: police," 28 Sep. 2018 And others still were simply left wet and disappointed: The storm rolled in causing a rain delay. Nick Vadala, Philly.com, "Deadheads take to social media after Dead & Co. show in Camden is cancelled due to weather," 4 June 2018 During the day, the tunnels allowed typical cargo to be moved without getting wet. Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Most Haunted Cities In America and Why You Should Visit," 18 Oct. 2018 Black Truffle is better than every with its new wet/dry element. Devon Abelman, Allure, "7 Ways Huda Beauty's New Rose Gold Remastered Eye Palette Is Different From the Original," 25 May 2018 When your hair gets wet, the hair fibers themselves will swell. New York Times, "Here’s Your Summer Hair Guide," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Plan to wet your feet in three different oceans, seas or rivers in 2019. WSJ, "101 Ways to Live, Work and Goof Off More Ambitiously," 26 Oct. 2018 In the meantime, use artificial tears (the simple kind that only aim to wet your eyes, not the kind that removes redness, which can just cause further irritation). Korin Miller, SELF, "How Bad Is It to Lick Your Contact, Then Put It Back In?," 19 July 2018 The company offered a raft of technical details to wet the whistle of those eager to get their hands on what is sure to be a very fast, ridiculously expensive electric sports car. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Aston Martin teases its first battery-electric sports car, the Rapide E," 12 Sep. 2018 The point of watering plants is to wet the roots and all the soil around and below the roots. Nan Sterman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "July in the garden," 5 July 2018 This step consists of wetting a paper towel and applying the sealant in sweeping broad strokes. Zachary Palmer, Popular Mechanics, "How to Clean Your Headlights and Make Them Shine Like New," 2 Aug. 2018 This problem is common, with about 5 million children in the U.S. wetting the bed, according to HealthyChildren.org. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "7 ways to bed-wetting to rest for your child," 2 July 2018 Or a child drinking more than usual, starting to wet the bed, or experiencing weight loss, all signs of type 1 diabetes. Daniel R. Taylor, Philly.com, "Medical Mystery: Kids who can't stop going," 1 June 2018 Nevada and Las Vegas had legalized sports betting pretty much to themselves for decades, but soon all the states can wet their beaks with profits from their citizens. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Supreme Court OKs sports betting: Let the states wet their beaks," 16 May 2018

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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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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)

: a person who belongs to the Conservative Party and who has moderate or liberal ideas

the wet : 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 \
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 \

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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