- If you are really excited to see a new movie and then your friend tells you it is terrible, this is an example of when your friend dampens your excitement about the movie.
- When you put a few drops of water into the soil of a plant, just barely getting it wet, this is an example of when you dampen the soil.
To dampen is defined as to make something a little bit wet, or to reduce or make weaker.
- to make damp; moisten
- to deaden, depress, reduce, or lessen
to become damp
verbdamp·ened, damp·en·ing, damp·ens
- To make damp.
- To deaden, restrain, or depress: “trade moves … aimed at dampening protectionist pressures in Congress” ( Christian Science Monitor )
- To soundproof.
To become damp.
(third-person singular simple present dampens, present participle dampening, simple past and past participle dampened)
- To make damp or moist; to make slightly wet.
- To depress; to check; to make dull; to lessen.
- (intransitive) To become damp; to deaden.
From damp + -en.