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, palliate, quench, reduce, repress, restrain, smother, sober, soften, stifle, subdue, suppress, tame, temper, weaken II index alleviate, decrease, depress, deter, diminish, discourage, moderate (temper), repress

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  • 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

  • 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,… …   New thesaurus

  • 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

  • Dampen — Damp en, v. i. To become damp; to deaden. Byron. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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