Dampen

  • 1 dampen — was once regarded as an Americanism, but is now established as a variant of damp (verb) in BrE, especially in figurative uses: • Everyone ignored the snow that had failed to dampen the impact of John F. Kennedy s brilliant oratory Jeffrey Archer …

    Modern English usage

  • 2 dampen — [v1] make wet bedew, besprinkle, dabble, humidify, moisten, rinse, spray, sprinkle, water, wet; concept 256 Ant. dry dampen [v2] spoil spirits allay, check, chill, cloud, cool, curb, dash, deaden, deject, depress, diminish, discourage, dismay,… …

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  • 3 Dampen — Damp en (d[a^]mp n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {dampened} (d[a^]mp nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {dampening}.] 1. To make damp or moist; to make slightly wet. [1913 Webster] 2. To depress; to check; to make dull; to lessen. [1913 Webster] In a way that… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Dampen — Damp en, v. i. To become damp; to deaden. Byron. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 dampen — I verb abate, allay, alleviate, assuage, blunt, chasten, chill, constrain, control, cool, cushion, deaden, decrease, deject, depress, deter, diminish, discourage, dishearten, dispirit, dull, lessen, mitigate, moderate, modulate, muffle, mute,… …

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  • 6 dampen — UK US /ˈdæmpən/ verb [T] ► to make something less strong or successful: »The outlook for the global economy looked gloomy, and dampened expectations of a rise in profits that quarter. »Rising raw material costs dampened profits for many… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 7 dampen — 1630s, to dull or deaden (of force, enthusiasm, ardor, etc.), from DAMP (Cf. damp) (q.v.) + EN (Cf. en) (1). Meaning to moisten is recorded from 1827. Related: Dampened; dampening …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 dampen — ► VERB 1) make damp. 2) make less strong or intense. DERIVATIVES dampener noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 dampen — [dam′pən] vt. 1. to make damp; moisten 2. to deaden, depress, reduce, or lessen vi. to become damp dampener n …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 dampen — [[t]dæ̱mpən[/t]] dampens, dampening, dampened 1) VERB To dampen something such as someone s enthusiasm or excitement means to make it less lively or intense. [V n] Nothing seems to dampen his perpetual enthusiasm... [V n] I hate to dampen your… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 dampen — damp|en [ dæmpən ] verb transitive 1. ) to make something slightly wet: If you dampen laundry, it s much easier to iron it. 2. ) dampen or dampen down to make something such as a feeling or hope less strong: Not even defeat could dampen the… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 dampen — UK [ˈdæmpən] / US verb [transitive] Word forms dampen : present tense I/you/we/they dampen he/she/it dampens present participle dampening past tense dampened past participle dampened 1) dampen or dampen down to make something such as a feeling or …

    English dictionary

  • 13 dampen — verb (T) 1 to make something slightly wet 2 dampen sb s enthusiasm/spirits to make people feel less confident, happy, or enthusiastic: The accident had done nothing to dampen his competitive spirit. dampen sth down phrasal verb (T) to damp… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 dampen — dampener, n. /dam peuhn/, v.t. 1. to make damp; moisten: to dampen a sponge. 2. to dull or deaden; depress: to dampen one s spirits. 3. damp (def. 10). v.i. 4. to become damp. [1620 30; DAMP + EN1] * * * …

    Universalium

  • 15 dampen — damp|en [ˈdæmpən] v [T] 1.) to make something slightly wet = ↑moisten 2.) also dampen down BrE to make something such as a feeling or activity less strong ▪ The light rain dampened the crowd s enthusiasm. ▪ Raising interest rates might dampen the …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 dampen — verb Dampen is used with these nouns as the object: ↑cloth, ↑enthusiasm, ↑mood, ↑speculation, ↑spirit, ↑vibration …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 17 dampen — Synonyms and related words: abate, abridge, absorb the shock, allay, alleviate, arrest, asperge, assuage, attemper, attenuate, baffle, bank the fire, beat down, bedew, bespatter, besprinkle, blunt, bottle up, break the fall, cast down, chasten,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 dampen — verb 1) the rain dampened her face Syn: moisten, damp, wet, dew, water; literary bedew Ant: dry 2) nothing could dampen her enthusiasm Syn: lessen, decrease …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 dampen — verb 1) the rain dampened her face Syn: moisten, damp, wet, soak 2) nothing could dampen her enthusiasm Syn: lessen, decrease, diminish, reduce, moderate, cool, suppress …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 20 dampen — [ˈdæmpən] verb [T] 1) to make something such as a feeling or hope less strong Not even defeat could dampen the enthusiasm of his supporters.[/ex] 2) to make something slightly wet …

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