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[moi-suh n] /ˈmɔɪ sən/
verb (used with or without object)
to make or become moist.
Origin of moisten
First recorded in 1570-80; moist + -en1
Related forms
moistener, noun
overmoisten, verb
premoistened, adjective
remoisten, verb
supermoisten, verb (used with object)
unmoisten, verb (used with object)
dampen, wet, sponge, spray. Unabridged
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  • We are sustaining them, even while they won't give us a drop of water to moisten our lips.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • moisten your own nostrils and lips, and this sense is plainly sharpened.

  • But it was too late to think of all this now; and she could only moisten the rough sacking with her tears.

    Linda Tressel Anthony Trollope
  • I would then moisten my fingers, dip them into the salt, and offer them to the rabbit.

  • Its business was to feed and moisten the hoof, and this it had done perfectly.

    Buffalo Land W. E. Webb
  • moisten with water a gill of rice flour, and mix it with the rubbed rice.

  • It said, 'moisten with alcohol or camphor, allow to stand five minutes, and wash out with clear water.'

    A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband Louise Bennett Weaver
  • In cooking it serves a threefold purpose—to moisten, to shorten and to enrich.

British Dictionary definitions for moisten


to make or become moist
Derived Forms
moistener, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for moisten

1570s, from moist + -en (1). Related: Moistened; moistening. The earlier verb was simply moist (early 14c.), from Old French moistir.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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