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 Bay Area's mild temperatures, wet winters and dry summers, coupled with San Francisco's famous coastal fog, provide a range of climatic conditions that exist in few other botanical gardens in the world. SFChronicle.com, "Gardener Appreciation Day at the San Francisco Botanical Garden!," 6 Aug. 2019 In two incidents July 29 and Wednesday, another visitor and the man fell 20 feet after slipping on wet boulders near the base of Bridalveil Fall, officials said. Scottie Andrew And Brian Ries, CNN, "A 21-year-old man died after falling near a waterfall in Yosemite National Park," 5 Aug. 2019 In the 24 months since, wet conditions prompted a meteoric rise in lake levels. 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 The most dramatic effect of drying seen by scientists, though, is not a shorter wet season. The Economist, "The Amazon is approaching an irreversible tipping point," 1 Aug. 2019 The Sun Devils cancelled their annual training-camp trip to Tontozona last year because wet conditions delayed installation of a 7,400-square-foot AstroTurf field. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "ASU football returns to Camp Tontozona after $1 million renovations to renew priceless heritage," 31 July 2019 A day after winning the national title in the 1,500, Houlihan again used her signature, take-no-prisoners finish to claim the 5,000 meters on a wet track. oregonlive.com, "Shelby Houlihan, Lopez Lomong, Craig Engels come up big on final day of the USATF Championships," 28 July 2019 Newer varieties appear more resistant to fungal leaf spots that plagued zinnias during hot, wet months. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Zinnias can be added to summer gardens in Florida," 27 July 2019 Your first line of treatment is topical steroids to help reduce inflammation, along with moisturizers, wet dressings, and bed rest, to help with the pain and itching. Lambeth Hochwald, Health.com, "What Is Erythrodermic Psoriasis? Dermatologists Explain The Severe Skin Condition," 23 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That same moisture should also keep the ground wet through most of the summer season. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Colorado wildfire risk likely to be heavily reduced this summer," 12 July 2019 The day as of ending at 6 p.m. was one in which the wet watched the disposal of stocks to find the psychological moment for his investment in home supply. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Prohibition closed 55 saloons in San Diego 100 years ago today," 30 June 2019 So updating your status on Facebook to express your concerns about FaceApp is the digital equivalent to jumping in the ocean and complaining about getting wet. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "FaceApp's privacy concerns: How the app compares to Facebook, Instagram and SnapChat terms," 18 July 2019 At some facilities in Texas, migrants were only given wet wipes to clean themselves. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pence praises Coast Guard drug seizure efforts and criticizes immigration system during San Diego visit," 12 July 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Since then, other videos have begun circulating showing groups of laughing children and teenagers in New York wetting police officers with squirt guns or buckets of water after officers got too close to water fights. David B. Caruso, The Denver Post, "President Trump calls drenching of NYPD officers “unacceptable”," 25 July 2019 With some internal turmoil, the camp persisted for six weeks that wet and muddy spring, before being forced off the Mall by police in late June. Osita Nwanevu, The New Yorker, "Democrats’ Cautious Return to the War on Poverty," 30 June 2019 Fill the container halfway with the soil-less potting mix and wet the soil. Stan Davidson, sun-sentinel.com, "Your Home: Everything’s coming up roses," 24 July 2019 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

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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

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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