verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Examples from the Web for dampen
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.
More importantly, neither Iran-Contra nor impeachment were enough to dampen public affection for either president.Worst Fifth Year Ever? Maybe. But the Economy Will be the Judge of Obama|Jamelle Bouie|December 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Cohen says the NYPD was only trying to dampen the controversy.NYPD on the Real ‘Enemies Within’: Going Undercover With Jihadis|Michael Daly|September 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But its high-profile use for a baby girl is likely to dampen its rise as a boy's name.North West: Behind Kim and Kanye’s Odd Baby Name Choice|Pamela Redmond Satran/Nameberry, Linda Rosenkrantz|June 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Do not dampen her joy, by comparing her happiness with the misery of another.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness|Florence Hartley
If the centre of the piece puckers, dampen it again till you have pressed it out thoroughly.The Library of Work and Play: Needlecraft|Effie Archer Archer
Make not many promises without reflection, lest thou fail to fulfill them and it dampen the confidence of thy friend.William Clayton's Journal|William Clayton
Or if oyster dressing is preferred, omit sage and add instead one pint of oysters, using the liquor to dampen the bread.Cookery for Little Girls|Olive Hyde Foster
But we never permitted any question of priority to dampen our interest in the thing.Virginia: The Old Dominion|Frank W. Hutchins and Cortelle Hutchins