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damp·en

dampen

 
 
pronunciation:
daem pihn
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part of speech: verb
inflections: dampens, dampening, dampened
definition 1: to make moist or slightly wet.
She dampens the clothes before ironing them.
synonyms:
moisten
antonyms:
dry
similar words:
wet
definition 2: to weaken or dull.
The news dampened our hopes.
synonyms:
curb, restrain, weaken
antonyms:
heighten, raise
similar words:
abate, deaden, deter, diminish, dull, slow
derivation: dampener (n.)
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The word dampen contains the following part:
-en1 Old English verb-forming suffix that means to cause to be or become or have
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The suffix -en1 forms verbs from monosyllabic English adjectives.