Dampen - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈdæmpən|  American pronunciation of the word dampen
Brit.  |ˈdamp(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word dampen


- suppress or constrain so as to lessen in intensity (syn: stifle)
- make moist (syn: moisten, wash)
- deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping (syn: damp, dull, muffle, mute)
- reduce the amplitude (of oscillations or waves)
- make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible (syn: damp, deaden)
- check; keep in check (a fire)
- lessen in force or effect (syn: break, damp, soften, weaken)


Dampen the spot with a wet cloth.

The shower barely dampened the ground.

We wouldn't let the bad weather dampen our excitement.

Perspiration dampened his shirt.

A delay of two hours did not dampen their enthusiasm.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: dampen
he/she/it: dampens
present participle: dampening
past tense: dampened
past participle: dampened
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