dampen definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To make wet.
    • To deaden, restrain, or depress: "trade moves . . . aimed at dampening protectionist pressures in Congress” ( Christian Science Monitor).
    • To soundproof.
    • to create moist or wet; which will make a little damp.
    • To depress; to check on; to produce lifeless; to lessen.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To become damp.
    • In order to become wet; to deaden.
  • verb:
    • to create damp or damp; to make a little wet.
    • To depress; to test; to help make lifeless; to reduce.
    • To become damp; to deaden.
    • decrease in force or impact
    • deaden (an audio or noise), especially by wrapping
    • make unclear or obscure or make (an image) less noticeable
    • check; keep in check (a fire)
    • reduce the amplitude (of oscillations or waves)
    • smother or suppress
    • make wet
  • others:
    • In order to make wet or humid; apply moisture to; wet slightly; damp: as, the lawn had been dampened by a slight bath; to dampen clothes for ironing.
    • To put a check or damper upon; make poor or dull; dim; deaden. See moist.
    • to be moist.

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