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dampen Explained

dampen at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


dampen at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

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 economy.//
3 to make a sound or movement less loud or strong: --The spring dampens the shock of the impact.//

dampen at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

198 Moby Thesaurus words for "dampen":
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, check, chill, compress,
constrain, control, cool, countercheck, cramp, cripple, curb,
curtail, cushion, cut, cut back, cut down, dabble, dam up, damp,
dampen the spirits, darken, dash, de-emphasize, deaden, deafen,
debilitate, decrease, deduct, deflate, deflect, deject, delay,
depreciate, depress, detain, deter, devitalize, dew, diminish,
disaffect, discourage, dishearten, disincline, disinterest,
dispirit, distract, divert, douche, downgrade, downplay, dull,
enervate, enfeeble, eviscerate, exhaust, extenuate, gruel, hinder,
hold back, hold in check, hold up, hose, hose down, humect,
humectate, humidify, impede, indispose, inhibit, intercept,
interfere, intermeddle, interrupt, intervene, irrigate, keep back,
keep in check, keep within bounds, knock down, lay, lay low,
lenify, lessen, lighten, lower, lower the spirits, meddle,
mitigate, moderate, modulate, moisten, muffle, mute, neutralize,
obtund, offset, oppose, oppress, paddle, palliate, pare, play down,
press down, put off, quench, rattle, reduce,
reduce the temperature, repel, repress, resist, restrain, retard,
retrench, roll back, sadden, sap, scale down, scotch, set back,
shake, shake up, shorten, show consideration, show mercy,
show pity, simplify, sink, slacken, slobber, slop, slosh,
slow down, smother, snub, sober, sober down, soft-pedal, soften,
soften the blow, soften up, sparge, spatter, splash, splatter,
sponge, spray, sprinkle, step down, stifle, stop, subdue, suppress,
swash, syringe, take from, tame, temper, tone down, tune down,
turn aside, turn away, turn from, turn off, unbrace, undermine,
underplay, unman, unnerve, unstrengthen, unstring, water, weaken,
wean from, weigh heavy upon, weigh upon, wet, wet down

dampen at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[V] (Moisture): moisten, wet, sponge, dampen, bedew, imbue, saturate, soak, drench.

[V] (a): dampen, muffle, deaden, mute.

[ADJ] (a): dead, dampened, muffled, muted.

dampen at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

verb [VN]
1 (also less frequent damp) to make sth slightly wet:
Perspiration dampened her face and neck. * He dampened his hair to make it lie flat.
2 to make sth such as a feeling or a reaction less strong:
None of the setbacks could dampen his enthusiasm for the project. * She wasn't going to let anything dampen her spirits today.

Dampen at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Dampen \Damp"en\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dampened}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Dampening}.]
1. To make damp or moist; to make slightly wet.

2. To depress; to check; to make dull; to lessen.

In a way that considerably dampened our enthusiasm.
--The Century.

Dampen \Damp"en\, v. i.
To become damp; to deaden. --Byron.

dampen at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

v 1: smother or suppress; "Stifle your curiosity" [syn: {stifle}]
[ant: {stimulate}]
2: make moist; "The dew moistened the meadows" [syn: {moisten},
3: deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping [syn: {muffle},
{mute}, {dull}, {damp}, {tone down}]
4: reduce the amplitude (of oscillations or waves)
5: make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible;
"muffle the message" [syn: {deaden}, {damp}]
6: check; keep in check (a fire)
7: lessen in force or effect; "soften a shock"; "break a fall"
[syn: {damp}, {soften}, {weaken}, {break}]

dampen at English (WD) Of Explained:



Inter: suffix » damp|en|ss=3


Inter: en-ver » b
  • Inter: transitiv » e To make damp or moist; to make slightly wet.
    1. Inter: transitiv » e To depress; to check; to make dull; to lessen.
    2. 2007 October 16, Jane E. Brody, “Despite Strides, Listeria Needs Vigilance”, Category: w - :The New York Times|The New York Times,
    3. : Pregnant women are 20 times as likely as other healthy young women to contract listeriosis, probably because in pregnancy the immune system is dampened to prevent rejection of the fetus.
    4. Inter: intransitiv » e To become damp; to deaden.

    Inter: Webster 191 » 3


    Inter: trans-top » make damp
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|навлажнявам
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|humecter, Inter: t+ » fr|humidifier

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|humedecer, Inter: t+ » es|humectar
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|fukta, Inter: t+ » sv|väta

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » depress, lessen
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|обезсърчавам, Inter: t+ » bg|угнетявам
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|bedrukken
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|déprécier, Inter: t+ » fr|rabaisser

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|deprimir, Inter: t+ » es|reducir
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|dämpa

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » become damp, to deaden
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|навлажнявам се

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • French: Inter: t- » fr|s'humidifier, Inter: t- » fr|s'humecter

  • Inter: trans-botto » m


    * dampne
    • madnep

    Category: Category:English ergative verbs -



    Inter: head » da|noun form|g=c
  • Inter: form of » singular definite|damp|lang=da

  • Dutch


    Inter: nl-verb » wk-t
  • to steam, to give off steam or smoke


    Inter: nl-conj-wk » damp|dt=t


    Inter: head » nl

  • Inter: nl-noun-form » pl=1|damp

  • Translation: et » dampen
    Translation: fa » dampen
    Translation: fr » dampen
    Translation: ko » dampen
    Translation: io » dampen
    Translation: kn » dampen
    Translation: ku » dampen
    Translation: mg » dampen
    Translation: my » dampen
    Translation: nl » dampen
    Translation: pl » dampen
    Translation: fi » dampen
    Translation: sv » dampen
    Translation: ta » dampen
    Translation: vi » dampen
    Translation: zh » dampen

    dämpen at English (WD) Of Explained:



    Inter: head » lb|verb
  • to smoke


    Inter: lb-conj-regular » dämp|gedämpt|hunn