Damp Damp, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Damped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Damping}.] [OE. dampen to choke, suffocate. See {Damp}, n.] 1. To render damp; to moisten; to make humid, or moderately wet; to dampen; as, to damp cloth. [1913 Webster]

2. To put out, as fire; to depress or deject; to deaden; to cloud; to check or restrain, as action or vigor; to make dull; to weaken; to discourage. ``To damp your tender hopes.'' --Akenside. [1913 Webster]

Usury dulls and damps all industries, improvements, and new inventions, wherein money would be stirring if it were not for this slug. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

How many a day has been damped and darkened by an angry word! --Sir J. Lubbock. [1913 Webster]

The failure of his enterprise damped the spirit of the soldiers. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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