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dampen

[ dam-puhn ]
/ ˈdæm pən /
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verb (used with object)

to make damp; moisten: to dampen a sponge.
to dull or deaden; depress: to dampen one's spirits.

verb (used without object)

to become damp.

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Origin of dampen

First recorded in 1620–30; damp + -en1

OTHER WORDS FROM dampen

damp·en·er, nounun·damp·ened, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH dampen

damp, dampen
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British Dictionary definitions for dampen

dampen
/ (ˈdæmpən) /

verb

to make or become damp
(tr) to stifle; deaden

Derived forms of dampen

dampener, noun
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