verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Examples from the Web for dampening
Indeed, Bernanke complained that fiscal policy was dampening growth.
If you think the pill is dampening your sex drive, it might be time to end your relationship with oral contraceptives.
The market for new houses turned down sharply last month, dampening hopes for a rapid recovery.
A small crack in the bottom may be mended by dampening the place carefully and pressing in a little stiff clay.The Potter's Craft|Charles F. Binns
"All right," said Betty, with a lack of enthusiasm that fell with a dampening effect upon Mollie's ears.The Outdoor Girls in the Saddle|Laura Lee Hope
The rain came on just then and perhaps assisted in dampening their ardour.The Escape of a Princess Pat|George Pearson
McTeague halted the mule, and drank from the tepid water in the canteen, dampening the sack around the canary's cage.McTeague|Frank Norris
Much depends on the dampening of the paper, on its make, and chiefly on the manner of sizing it.The Invention of Lithography|Alois Senefelder