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

The wet weather started Wednesday and continued through the week and weekend. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Flash flood watch passes without issue as Louisville looks toward a brighter week," 10 June 2019 Standing under the running faucet together, the pair share a long, intimate embrace in the shower before taking off their wet t-shirts at the end of the video. PEOPLE.com, "Glee's Kevin McHale Gets Steamy in New Music Video During a Sexy Shower Scene with Johnny Sibilly," 7 June 2019 OpenLands experts say climate change is causing more wet springs and hot, dry summers in the region. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, "The ash trees are gone and maples are in decline, Homewood boosts its canopy with new oaks, beech trees," 7 June 2019 Despite her stagehands’ best efforts, Eilish nearly fell once on the wet stage. Seth A. Mcconnell, The Know, "PHOTOS: Billie Eilish performs as rain pours at Red Rocks," 6 June 2019 Some farmers are reporting that the spring’s cool, wet conditions are causing them to push back their opening dates for you-pick strawberries and blueberries. Annie Alleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Rainy spring will delay start of season for some Illinois berry farms," 6 June 2019 Severe stormsripping through the Midwest brought wet weather and rain to the region in May. And the rainfall shows no signs of stopping — at least for the first few weeks of June, according to the National Weather Service. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "Yes, more rain is on the way. Here's why it's been raining so much in Central Indiana.," 5 June 2019 Millions of farm acres are set to go unplanted with corn this spring as persistent wet weather leaves U.S. farmers facing an agonizing choice: whether or not to risk trying to raise a crop. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Farmers on Drenched Land Confront Tough Choice on Planting," 5 June 2019 By around midnight, the wind picked up, blowing wet snow. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Years later, a loosely planned adventure is remembered for its laughs and lessons," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The spots are the result of too much rain at the exact time when leaves were forming, and moisture keeping them wet for extended periods of time, Yiesla said. Vikki Ortiz, chicagotribune.com, "Thanks to rainy spring, 4 tree diseases expected across Chicagoland this summer," 23 May 2018 The ground, the mattresses, the sheets, everything was soaking wet. Amanda Brooks, Vogue, "I Went to the Fyre Festival and All I Got Was This Third-Degree Sunburn," 26 Apr. 2019 So your dog is athletic and doesn’t mind getting wet. Marci Shatzman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Dogs to make splash in diving competition," 10 July 2018 Montri said if Saturday and Sunday end up being windy days, the winners of the races might end up getting wet from spray of the fountains. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Five things to know about the Detroit Grand Prix," 31 May 2018 Pydynowski said Florida had a mostly dry spring before May got wet. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Alberto puts damper on Memorial Day plans along Gulf Coast," 27 May 2018 Sand lightly, keeping the surface wet at all times, and frequently rinse the sandpaper in the bucket. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Safely Remove Paint," 25 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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