[ dam-puh n ]
/ ˈdæm pən /

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.

Origin of dampen

First recorded in 1620–30; damp + -en1

Related forms

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

Can be confused

damp dampen moist (see synonym study at damp)
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British Dictionary definitions for dampener


/ (ˈdæmpən) /


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

Derived Forms

dampener, noun
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