Definitions for: Dampen

[v] make moist; "The dew moistened the meadows"
[v] lessen in force or effect; "soften a shock"; "break a fall"
[v] check; keep in check (a fire)
[v] make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible; "muffle the message"
[v] smother or suppress; "Stifle your curiosity"
[v] reduce the amplitude (of oscillations or waves)
[v] deaden (a sound or noise), esp. by wrapping

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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

Synonyms: break, damp, damp, dull, moisten, muffle, mute, soften, stifle, tone down, wash, weaken

Antonyms: excite, stimulate

See Also: baste, blunt, check, choke, conquer, curb, dampen, deaden, deafen, delay, humidify, inhibit, moisturise, moisturize, retard, soften, stamp down, subdue, suffocate, suppress, wet

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