- to make damp; moisten
- to deaden, depress, reduce, or lessen
- 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.
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.
- With the underdog team refusing to let ill-fortune dampen enthusiasm, things improved in the fourth match against Eastwood Park.
- That's not to dampen your spirit; the state produces more than 90 per cent of the wine in the United States and carries the banner for this country's wine throughout the rest of the world.
- Simply dampen it a bit and in no time you will have sparkling clean glasses to show your wine off in.
- Cleaning excess grout off the tiles will likely require you to dampen the sponge or rag many times.
- Use cold water, dampen a sponge and work from the center of the stain with gentle outward strokes.