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[ dam-puhn ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to make damp; moisten:

    to dampen a sponge.

  2. to dull or deaden; depress:

    to dampen one's spirits.

verb (used without object)

  1. to become damp.


/ ˈdæmpən /


  1. to make or become damp
  2. tr to stifle; deaden

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Derived Forms

  • ˈdampener, noun

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Other Words From

  • dampen·er noun
  • un·dampened adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of dampen1

First recorded in 1620–30; damp + -en 1

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Example Sentences

The platforms have started trying to dampen the influence of QAnon, particularly after it began to intersect with pandemic conspiracy theories.

Accident or vandalism, it does not dampen your mood, though you instruct yourself to take the car to the shop in the coming days.

Lower seismic frequencies tend to be more heavily influenced by oceans and weather, Lecocq says, and signals with higher frequencies tend to be more easily absorbed and dampened by the sediments they pass through.

When you’re sensing something from internally, then it dampens down processing of external signals.

Influenza, for example, dampens each enough to replicate and move to another host, but not so much that a person can’t eventually clear the infection.

Not even the use of Coldplay can dampen the patriotic spirit of this video.

Democrats hold an advantage today with female voters that, if maintained, will dampen any potential for a GOP wave in November.

But the lack of celebrity didn't dampen the enthusiasm for these examples of cinematic tragedy.

More importantly, neither Iran-Contra nor impeachment were enough to dampen public affection for either president.

Cohen says the NYPD was only trying to dampen the controversy.

But Most's attitude toward me will influence them: it will dampen their enthusiasm, and thus react on the propaganda.

Sprinkle some fine lake sand over the glass, dampen the sand and rub the smooth edge of the iron band over the glass.

Dampen the reed frequently while weaving it, as the weavers pack down much closer when wet.

She decided not to dampen the children's good spirits that evening with the discouraging news in the letter.

The doctor's fever was at its very worst, but that did not dampen my hopes.