\ 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
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 Prepare your wet sand or other non-flammable base material in the dish or bowl. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "Make a Candle Flame Jump," 5 Sep. 2019 Then should begin the decline through fall and winter, with a fairly wet spring bolstering lake levels to head into summer. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The water levels on Lake Michigan tied a 33-year-old record high this July. Boaters are seeing the effects," 5 Aug. 2019 An abnormally wet spring delayed planting by weeks or months. Mitch Smith, New York Times, "America’s Farmers, Reeling From Floods, Face a New Problem: No Water," 29 July 2019 But a rapid drying of vegetation can be of extra concern, particularly after a wet spring. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Colorado weather: Parts of the state are starting to need rain again," 27 July 2019 With the wet and rainy spring this year, mosquito populations were kept at bay. Casey Smith, Indianapolis Star, "With a rainy spring, Marion County had few mosquitoes. That's no longer the case.," 22 July 2019 The public trust legal doctrine says that anything from where the wet sand meets the dry sand to the sea is held in trust for the public and cannot be owned, Hecht said. Diya Chacko, latimes.com, "California’s coast is disappearing, and the debate over what to do about it is in full swing," 11 July 2019 Process cheddar, flour, butter, salt, paprika, baking powder, and cayenne in food processor until mixture resembles wet sand, about 20 seconds. Washington Post, "Snack attack: Try crumbly, cheesy, buttery spiced crackers," 24 June 2019 It was found in open areas with wet, peaty sand near the Nassawango Creek in Worcester County. Baltimore Sun, baltimoresun.com, "An insect-eating plant was just discovered in Maryland for the first time," 20 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Dry mushrooms are in fact wet, and wet tissues are actually dry. Washington Post, "Shanghai tries to reduce its trash, 1 chicken bone at a time," 31 July 2019 Climate models do project later starts to the rainy season with continued warming (a little of which has already been seen), as well as an increase in swings between wet and dry years. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Warming climate likely leading to larger California fires," 18 July 2019 Carpenter ants build their nests by tunneling in wet and rotting wood, and generally do not go into healthy wood. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Carpenter ants build nests in wet, rotting wood," 3 July 2019 About 30 minutes later, police saw Mitchell staggering along the city's Lake Michigan beach, wet and shirtless. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In Wisconsin case, U.S. Supreme court says police can draw blood from unconscious drivers without warrant," 27 June 2019 Watson was treated for ticks, mosquito bites and issues with his feet, which were wet for a long time, officials said. Washington Post, "Governor: Protocol was followed before inmate’s escape," 12 Aug. 2019 Now, if the runway is wet, landing aircraft must either ask a certain number of passengers to get off the plane prior to takeoff or cancel the flight altogether. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "Is Tweed New Haven Airport cleared to take a more prominent place next to Bradley in Connecticut’s air transportation network?," 15 July 2019 The fallen often pause on the walk back, still dripping wet, to shout encouragement at the next contestant. Los Angeles Times, "An inside look at the subculture of athletes who have devoted their lives to ‘American Ninja Warrior’," 22 Aug. 2019 The newspaper reported that a 2015 coastal cleanup across the country found nearly 4,000 wet wipes on coastlines – roughly 50 for every kilometer. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "You're probably using disposable wipes wrong. How to avoid harming the planet, the sewers," 26 Feb. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb These performed well our Textiles Lab four wetness tests, proving impressively absorbent, no matter whether the wetting occurred gradually or all at once — even at an angle! The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GH Seal Spotlight: Little Journey Small Stride Diapers," 1 Aug. 2019 The storms may produce wetting rainfall in the mountains but mainly gusty winds across the plains. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Hot with isolated afternoon rain showers," 12 July 2019 Each has its media biscuit eaters, and institutional lines of defense, with gatekeepers and spinners running interference and moderates wetting their beaks. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Mr. President, leave Rod Blagojevich where he belongs — in prison," 9 Aug. 2019 Once, there were three bears that lived in a dark, wet cave up above a small town. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Keri Russell faces terrifying creatures in deeply unsettling Antlers trailer," 20 Aug. 2019 The Jones boys live on Fowl River and love to wet their hooks trolling around offshore wrecks. Michael Dumas, al.com, "Fishing rodeo features big fish, crowds and smooth seas," 20 July 2019 Trolling anglers will face big schools of the youngsters, and should take care to wet their hands and gently release the baby walleye. D'arcy Egan, cleveland.com, "Lake Erie’s fish of the future have arrived: Aug. 16 Fishing Report," 16 Aug. 2019 The downpour selectively wetted the metro area, with the Portland International Airport area receiving most of the onslaught and other areas receiving barely any rainfall at all. oregonlive.com, "Saturday was Portland’s second-rainiest day of the year, beat only by mid-January downpour," 11 Aug. 2019 These cells are wetted by false tear ducts (dark blue). Scientific American, "Ballistic Maggots, Synthetic Winks and Why You’re Not Goop: This Week’s Best Science GIFs," 9 Aug. 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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1 Nov 2019

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

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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
\ 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
\ 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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