\ 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 Bigger swings between wet and dry also influences the amount of burnable vegetation, says Alex Hall, a climate scientist at UCLA. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "Santa Ana and Diablo winds propel raging wildfires in California," 10 Sep. 2020 If the weather is warm and wet, however, stick with a regular spray schedule. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "In the garden: Spider lilies blooming soon; add mulch and collect seeds," 9 Sep. 2020 Our favorite, EltaMD UV Sport Full-Body Sunscreen, remains a bestseller among outdoor athletes because it can be applied to wet or dry skin. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "The best body sunscreen," 9 Sep. 2020 Fires were burning in a large swath of Washington state and Oregon that rarely experiences such intense wildfire activity because of the Pacific Northwest's cool and wet climate. Bloomberg.com, "Oregon Governor Says Hundreds of Homes Destroyed By Wildfires," 9 Sep. 2020 Kast thanked God for the chance to meet in a stunning sanctuary and encouraged congregants not to worry about getting wet. Julia Musto, Fox News, "Welcome to Kayak Church: Pennsylvania worshippers take to the water," 5 Sep. 2020 Rock’s additions include two large outdoor TVs — a kind that can get wet and still function. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Kid Rock's former house on the Detroit River is back on the market," 5 Sep. 2020 Keep them moist but not wet and start half-strength liquid feedings a week later. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Leave grapefruits on trees for a few more months," 5 Sep. 2020 Washington’s summer was abnormally hot and wet, with punishing heat in July and a steady stream of torrents in July and August. Matt Rogers, Washington Post, "2020 was Washington’s 5th-hottest summer on record, with 8 inches more rain than normal," 1 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For best results, it should be watered in after application and then go through a normal wet-to-dry period. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Corn gluten meal is the pre-emergent herbicide you want this fall," 8 Sep. 2020 Athenian boys must have done that after their baths, the farmer swabbing himself at the trough, and the Aborigine wet from a river—all with that same tender massaging of the sternum. Katherine Dunn, The New Yorker, "The Resident Poet," 4 May 2020 To give it a just-like-new look, refresh air vents with a spritz of compressed air and wipe down the dashboard with a cloth wet with an all-purpose cleaner like Car Guys Super Cleaner. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Your Car's Interior Like a Pro, Including Dirty Car Seats," 31 Mar. 2020 For much of northern Europe, that was rye, which could stand up to the cold, wet and sometimes unforgiving climate. Washington Post, "The 10 best breads in the world," 19 Mar. 2020 Here, the Sunset Strip gets flooded and populated with dolphins, while the guitarist Slash emerges from the ocean like Botticelli’s Venus, ripping out a solo while soaking wet. Gavin Edwards, New York Times, "15 Essential Hair-Metal Videos," 5 May 2020 How tough can a bird that weighs about a pound soaking wet be? Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Spring ptarmigan surveys can be hard work but well worth the effort — and they’re fun," 3 May 2020 The bordelaise’s mostly cylindrical shape allows it to be stored on its side for aging, keeping its cork wet and maintaining a tight seal that prevents air from intruding. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Archaeologists Unearth Remnants of Lost Scottish Wine-Bottle Glass Factory," 28 Apr. 2020 That said, the fact that toilet paper is flying off shelves has led some folks to turn to alternatives, such as pieces of paper towel or wet wipes. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "America has plenty of toilet paper. The hard part is stocking empty store shelves," 17 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If using a latex paint, pre-wet the roller first, says Rothman. Stacy Genovese, Good Housekeeping, "How to Paint a Room in One Day," 10 Sep. 2020 Bass anglers should practice catch-and-release fishing, and wet their hands and handle bass gently when returning them to the water. cleveland, "Lake Erie smallmouth bass a hot topic: NE Ohio fishing report for weekend of Sept. 4-6," 3 Sep. 2020 Auto sprinklers wet the roof for 12 minutes in the early morning and again for 12 minutes in the evening during dry weather. Sunset Magazine, "From the Sunset Magazine Archives: The Roof is a Lawn," 31 Aug. 2020 If desired, rinse the device under cool water to remove traces of alcohol, taking care not to wet any electronic elements, such as the display. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Yes, You Need to Clean Your Thermometer After Each Use—Here's How to Do It Safely," 28 Aug. 2020 Alternatively, an artist may wet the paper before applying the paint. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Adding a dash of alcohol suppresses coffee ring effect in 2D printing inks," 12 Aug. 2020 First, wet your brows with water and brush them up with an eyebrow brush ($6, Amazon). Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "Brow Lamination is the Latest Beauty Trend to Achieve Thicker Brows—Here’s What It Is," 7 Aug. 2020 The tray ceilings in several of the downstairs rooms had outdated texturing, but the contractor was able to wet it down and slough it off. Richard Marini, ExpressNews.com, "Historic Monticello Park home near Woodlawn Lake has housed journalists, ministers and a future Nobel Prize winner," 6 Aug. 2020 If the decoupage has dried, wet a very fine grit sandpaper (400 will work) and lightly sand the uneven spots. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "Learn How To Decoupage and Up Your DIY Game," 31 July 2020

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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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Last Updated

17 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Wet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wet. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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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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